Herb Cohen, host and co-founder of Executive Leaders Radio, has a recognized gift for connecting with CEOs, which helps explain the program’s success. As a co-host, he meets more than 900 CEOs each year running business with revenues ranging from $10 million to $16 billion. A down-to-earth host, Cohen has fine-tuned the art of connecting CEO’s life stories with their successes, a key ingredient with helping listeners relate and appreciate them as potential role models. With his huge contact base, he also introduces mutually beneficial opportunities among C-level executives, students and young business professionals.
An active entrepreneur in his own right since the age of 19, Cohen has co-founded several businesses and organizations including, QuiqMeds, Pennsylvania Private Investors Group, The Pros Video and The Pros Entertainers.
His academic innovations include co-founding the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Entrepreneurial Network, Fairleigh Dickinson Entrepreneurial Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Study of Entrepreneurship at Temple University.
Bill Blackburn, CDR, USN (ret)
Bill Blackburn, CDR, USN (ret), is the founder and President of Blackburn & Associates, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and an Affiliate of Academy Leadership. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership for Villanova University. Bill’s passion for the difference leadership can make in the world is a result of his three careers and over 40 years immersed in the study and practice of exceptional leadership and performance.
During his 20 year career as a naval officer and aviator, he served in critical leadership roles that required both his own personal leadership and his ability to build teams and organizations to achieve highly complex assignments. On multiple occasions, he commanded CH-46 helicopter units on extended overseas deployments supporting the Navy’s aircraft carrier battle groups. After attending the US Army War College, he served on the joint staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific as one of the key briefers in the Strategic Plans Division.
In 15 years as a consultant for Gap International, a firm known for its expertise in breakthrough business results, Bill honed his skills as an effective executive coach for senior business leaders and a facilitator of their programs. As a direct result of his effective coaching and partnership with these leaders, their teams consistently produced sustainable exceptional business performance. He is a skilled facilitator in leadership development, strategic and operational planning, organizational alignment and team building.
Since joining Academy Leadership in 2009, Bill leads both public “open enrollment” programs and designs and delivers internal leadership programs for public and private organizations. He serves as a member of the CEO’s Advisory Board and the Curriculum Committee responsible for the design and development of Academy Leadership’s programs. Bill graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, from San Diego State University with a MA in Education and from the US Army War College.
John runs his own executive coaching business – Gray Beard Coaching – and is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Center for Creative Leadership. He helps executives refine their innate leadership talents, develop employees, think strategically, increase their emotional intelligence and unlock possibility in the workplace via compassionate, humorous coaching. His work is seasoned by 17 years as a Senior Executive, highlighted by serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He demonstrated a remarkable ability to lead change and achieve results by driving NGA to implement its first enterprise financial management system, preparing for its first financial audit, and creating NGA’s first career service. Prior to NGA, he spearheaded US Intelligence Community efforts to double funding and rebuild in the post 9/11 era. Although John earned numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and the highest honors bestowed by the Intelligence Community, his proudest accomplishments were developing emerging leaders, teaching IT professionals to excel as managers, and helping subject matter experts thrive in complex organizations. John was noted for expanding leadership opportunities and hiring for women & minorities and mentoring civilian leaders & military officers.
Although John earned numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and the highest honors bestowed by the Intelligence Community, his proudest accomplishments were developing emerging leaders, teaching IT professionals to excel as managers, and helping subject matter experts thrive in complex organizations. John was noted for expanding leadership opportunities and hiring for women & minorities and mentoring civilian leaders & military officers.
UNDERSTANDING and using emotional intelligence to facilitate positive change is the driving
force behind my story. For almost three decades, I have been a Leadership & Organizational
Development specialist, and believe the ability to influence and communicate to inspire others
is the key to success.
I learned early in life from my mother’s adversity that everyone has a story. No one knows what
is going on beneath the surface. From that a passion to UNDERSTAND people was born. My
father was an entrepreneur and instilled the love of business in me.
After receiving my M.S. Ed. in Psychological Services from University of Pennsylvania, I was a
system’s therapist/advocate for families & children. While I loved that work, something was
missing. I realized how I was helping families become more connected & emotionally intelligent
could be applied to business. At 26, I shifted into the corporate Employee Assistance field, then
parlayed all these experiences into owning my own executive coaching consulting business to
fortune 500 companies before forming C.I. Squared with business partner, John Geraci.
To simplify, my passion or one word is UNDERSTANDING because it’s the greatest differentiator
Success in Les's world is measured by the impact you have on the people you work with and in turn their impact on the lives of those they touch. Les is a seasoned entrepreneur, executive, advisor, consultant, and leadership coach with over 40 years experience working with commercial, industrial, government and not for profit clients to maximize executive performance and company results. Since 1994, he has been a Group Chairman with Vistage Worldwide in the Washington DC metro area in addition to serving as CEO of the Executive Leadership Forum, a consultancy he founded in 1991. Vistage is a global organization that organizes and runs private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives, and business owners. In this role, Les serves as an executive coach, mentor, and advisor to executives and companies throughout the DC metro region, nationally and in countries around the world. Through Vistage and his work with the Executive Leadership Forum, Les has created a forum for executives to become better leaders and lead more fulfilling lives. Their stories serve as examples of the kind of leaders our communities and country hunger for - people with passion and purpose, and integrity, and who care deeply and serve as role models for those they work with, in their communities, and with their families.
Les earned both an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Education and the nature and path of mastery is something Les thrives on and continually invests in whether it's in the classroom or a less structured environment. When he's not working, you might find him bicycling, hiking the national parks or across countries, listening to a great concert, writing poetry, or taking in a National's baseball game.
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