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.

Sharon speaks and consults nationally across sectors, addressing leadership and ethics—particularly in relationship to Business, Higher Education, and Religion. 

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. His research focus is to develop brain-saving time-dependent therapies for patients with acute neurological emergencies, specifically traumatic brain injury and stroke, and to design novel tools that can improve the diagnosis, evaluation and management of these life-threatening diseases.

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. 

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.

Mary Johnstone-Louis

Mary is a Senior Fellow on the Management Practice faculty at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Co-Director for the Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations programme and design research-based education for senior leaders across the globe.

Mary is a Fellow of the Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford (2022-present), a Senior Associate of Oxford Net Zero (2023-present), and conduct undergraduate admissions interviewing for several Oxford colleges (2015-present). She has a strong subject expertise in stakeholder governance, sustainability, and leadership for impact and served as Founding Programme Director of The Ownership Project (2017-2022).

Outside of Oxford, she is Chair of B Lab UK (2021-present) and active in a range of advisory roles including as a World Economic Forum Global Future Council Fellow (2020-2022) and as an advisor to several impact focused businesses in the UK and Europe.

Mary’s contributions have been featured in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Business Ethics Quarterly, and in the United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education series as well as via Oxford Answers and the British Academy. 

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