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Richard Margolies

Chair of Visioning A Better America

Clinical psychologist, 

leadership consultant,


Richard Margolies, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant. He has worked on numerous research and consulting projects in the US and Europe with Michael Maccoby and other associates over 45 years. Richard consulted to the senior military and civilian leadership of the US Army Corps of Engineers for 15 years. He wrote the Corps’ Learning Organization Doctrine, based on the thinking of the Maccoby Group and Gen. David Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Doctrine. He designed and taught the Corps’ Leadership Course in Districts of the Corps around the US. He has consulted with public, private, and international organizations in the US, Sweden, and Ireland. He worked with Michael Maccoby and associates on the Robert Wood Johnson-funded research on leadership in exemplary healthcare systems. This research was the basis of the Jossey-Bass 2013 book, Transforming Healthcare Leadership, authored by Michael Maccoby, Cliff and Jane Norman, and Richard. He is on the Board of the Lincoln Group of DC, and leads its Lincoln Study Group.

Richard Margolies

Carole L. Feld

Brand Strategist

A leading brand strategist, former film and television executive and award-winning creative marketer, Feld is the Founder and Principal of BRANDSHOP DC, a specialized branding agency. She is also the Washington DC representative for FUTURE iQ, a global research and foresight firm that works with leaders and innovators to anticipate, define and transform their future in the face of rapidly converging forces that are reshaping lives and livelihoods.  

Feld’s branding clients include national, regional and international organizations in entertainment, education, the arts, healthcare, legal aid, social services and technology. Clients have included: George Lucas Educational Foundation, The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The American Federation of Teachers (educational and healthcare divisions) and The Foundation for the National Archives, among others.


Future iQ’s global client base includes countries, regions, cities, tourism destinations, corporations, nonprofits, associations, universities, and the U.S. defense industry.

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Michael Maccoby




Michael Maccoby, Ph.D. is a globally recognized expert on leadership who for 40 years has advised global leaders in businesses, governments, unions, universities and non-profit organizations in 36 countries. He has a BA and PhD from Harvard University, where he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at the Kennedy School from 1970-90. He graduated from The Mexican Institute of Psychoanalysis where he studied under Erich Fromm and with him wrote Social Character in Mexican Village. He is author of The Gamesman, The Leader, Sweden at the Edge, Why Work?, Narcissistic Leaders, The Leaders We Need, Strategic Intelligence and lead author of Transforming Health Care Leadership. In appreciation of his work in Sweden, he was made Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star. He is a fellow of the American Psychological and Anthropological Associations and the National Academy of Public Administration. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Sciences Po in Paris. He taught leadership at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business where he was an associate fellow. The Washington School of Psychiatry presented him a lifetime achievement award. He is strategic leadership advisor to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an organization with homes for orphaned and abandoned children, schools, hospitals and clinics in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Edna Greene Medford




Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D. is Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Howard University, where she has taught for more than three decades. She has authored, co-authored, or edited four books and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, including Lincoln and Emancipation; The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (with Harold Holzer and Frank Williams); and Historical Perspectives of the African Burial Ground Project: New York Blacks and the Diaspora. She serves on several national advisory boards and is a frequent contributor to historical documentaries and programs produced by cable and network television. Dr. Medford is the recipient of a number of awards that include the special bicentennial edition (2009) of the “Order of Lincoln,” the Lincoln Diploma of Honor, awarded by Lincoln Memorial University (2014); an Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013), and Professor of the Year Award from the Howard University Student Association (2013).

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Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is President emeritus and University Professor of Public Service emeritus at The George Washington University. He served as GW’s 15th president for nearly two decades, from 1988 to 2007. Trachtenberg came to GW from the University of Hartford, where he had been president for 11 years. He also held positions as vice president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, and served as the special assistant to the U.S. Education Commissioner, Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  


Trachtenberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa and the Bankinter Foundation in Madrid.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. 


Trachtenberg has published seven books: Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders, (co-editor) published by Johns Hopkins University Press came out in the spring of 2018. Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail And How to Prevent It, (co-editor) published by JHUP; BMOC: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education published by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone Press; Write Me A Letter: The Wit and Wisdom of Stephen Joel Trachtenberg; Reflections on Higher Education; Thinking Out Loud: A Decade of Thoughts on Higher Education; and Speaking His Mind: Five Years of Commentary on Higher Education. He is co-editor of two additional books: The Art of Hiring in America’s Colleges & Universities and Letters to the Next President, published by The Korn/Ferry Institute.  


Trachtenberg has served on numerous boards such the Board of Trustees of the National Defense University in Washington, DC, DC Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade and the Federal City Council.  He was a member of the Board of the Loctite Corporation, MNC and Riggs Banks.  Trachtenberg chaired the Rhodes Scholarships Selection Committee for Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. He is a former member of the Advisory Committee to the Chief of Naval Operations. 


He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, Juris Doctor from Yale University, and Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University. In addition, he holds 20 plus honorary doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, Columbia University. Trachtenberg and his wife, Francine Zorn Trachtenberg, have two sons and four grandchildren.

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