John H. Chu
John is the co-founding and managing partner of Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP, where he focuses on the representation of growing enterprises, venture capital transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Chu, Ring & Hazel serves as counsel to the Foundation. John and two of his partners, Jim Ring and Will Hazel, have also co-founded Fair Outcomes, Inc. (www.fairoutcomes.com), which provides an online embodiment of a patented escrow system that reduces the inefficiencies associated with bargaining and dispute resolution.
John graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Anthropology and he earned his J.D. at the Columbia University Law School.
John is a member of several national and local bar organizations and has served in various leadership roles with the Boston Bar Association and Boston Bar Foundation. He also serves as a director of Discovering Justice (www.discoveringjustice.org), and is a former member of the board of trustees of the Citi Performing Center (formerly The Wang Center).
John is married to Lorrayne Dina Chu and has one adult daughter, Danielle, an aspiring documentary filmmaker. He continues to play competitive soccer and enjoys traveling.
Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA
Lori is a stress and trauma healing professional who is known internationally for using EFT/Tapping in her work with hundreds of orphan genocide survivors in Rwanda. Lori founded the non-profit organization Create Global Healing and established Project LIGHT: Rwanda – the world’s first international youth healing, heart-centered leadership and entrepreneurship program. Project LIGHT nurtures our next generation of young people to heal, work and lead us into a peaceful future.
Since December, 2012, Lori has been collaborating with The Tapping Solution Foundation leading their Newtown Trauma Relief and Resiliency Project to support those traumatized by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, CT.
Lori is the author of The Grace Process Guidebook and The Stress Management Handbook: Strategies for Health and Inner Peace.
Kenneth Proudfoot is an entrepreneur, author, teacher, musician, filmmaker, and gyotaku print artist. He is a strategic marketing consultant, and grant writer for schools and non-profit organizations.
He serves as the Dean of the School of Professional Development at Kenney College and serves on the college’s Board of Governors. He was previously Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship at Johnson & Wales University and has taught entrepreneurship thinking to students, business owners, and government leaders in 25 countries.
Ken served four years in the U.S. Peace Corps and is bilingual Spanish. He is a member of Histwick, Wickford Art Association, Jamestown Art Center, and the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum. He is the founder of 100 Entrepreneurs. He is the author of 40 Things Fishermen Can Do To Raise The Value of Their Catch, Children’s Book of Home Rules and the forthcoming Life & Business Philosophy of Austin T. Levy, Visionary Entrepreneur (2014).
He is the writer, producer and director for the documentary, The Amazing Life & Times of Austin T. Levy, Visionary Entrepreneur, now filming at sites in Burrillville, Rhode Island; Nassau, on the island of New Providence, Bahamas; and on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The film will premiere in Harrisville, RI in December, 2014. The film will be broadcast by PBS Rhode Island.
He makes a home in North Kingstown, RI with his wife, Ann Marie Marshall. They have six grown children.
Willis G. Wang
As Boston University’s first Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Willis plays a senior leadership role in the development, coordination, and implementation of BU’s global strategy to support its extensive educational, research, and service activities.
In addition to managing a Global Programs team that provides strategic support and overseas operational oversight, Willis manages three other divisions within the Global Programs Office. These are the (a) Study Abroad division through which close to 2,600 students a year enroll in almost 100 different study abroad programs in more than 24 different countries, (b) the International Students and Scholars Office which provides immigration support to over 7,000 international students, and (c) the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs in which hundreds of students enroll in intensive English language immersion programs. In total, the Office of Global Programs is comprised of over 390 people working for the University in 14 countries in brick-and-mortar year-round operations.
Willis joined BU in 1998 and became Deputy General Counsel in 2005. Prior to joining BU, he worked at Molten Metal Technology, Inc., a MIT spin-off technology company and the US EPA. Willis has served on many civic and community boards, and is a graduate of Emory University and Boston College Law School. He also is a proud father of three active boys.
Sherman is a serial entrepreneur. He started his first business in Narragansett, Rhode Island at the age of 19 and based on that experience he has built a career that spans over 32 years, working in the hospitality and food service industry. He has successfully developed, set up and operated many enterprises, including restaurants, food productions and hydroponic farms.
At present, Sherman is the founder and CEO of American Aquifer Holdings Company, working on the development of healthy (ready to drink) beverages. He is also a private consultant for start-up clients and established businesses. Sherman is married to Helen Zhao.
In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring youths, fundraising for the inner-city libraries, as well as teaching and promoting healthier food choices in the community.
Sherman received the U.S. Army Service Award for his work in the field of Photosynthesis and Alternative Fuel Technology Research at the Brown University, J. Watson Laboratory.
JinYan (Helen) Zhao
Helen is a senior operation consultant for Bank of America specializing in capital leasing. Her work involves financial planning and structuring for corporate clients. She is the Bank of America Spirit Award recipient, voted by her peers. She is also considered to be one of the top 100 employees of the company.
Helen earned her Mechanical Engineering degree from Dalian University of Technology and her MBA degree from Johnson and Wales University. Helen is Lingzi Lu’s aunt and is married to Sherman Yee.