Prior to joining Hopeland in 2014, Nicholas spent ten years with Addaction, the largest organization for Drug and Alcohol treatment in the United Kingdom. His work has been cited by former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Nicholas is currently working on a number of exciting campaigns that demonstrate the benefit of a safe, loving family.
For her advocacy work she has been honored by The Joint Council USA and in 2013 was given the prestigious award of Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in Washington DC. Harlem Village Academies honored Deborra-lee and her husband Hugh for their philanthropy work in 2012. She was presented with the 2014 International Humanitarian Award in Utah by Mentors International. Also in 2015, Deborra-lee was honored in Washington as Advocate of the Year by Kidsave. And was named NSW Australian of the year, 2015. In March 2017 Deborra-lee received the United Nations Women for Peace Leadership Award and is a regular mainstage speaker at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City.
Deborra-lee is the co-founder of Hopeland, a platform that has been established to raise awareness around vulnerable and abandoned children. The mission of Hopeland is to put this issue front and center on the political and human rights agendas, globally. Mobilizing and influencing leaders across government, business and civil society, to create innovative solutions and policies that will ensure children will belong in a safe loving home.
Joshua joined Hopeland as Operations Manager to enrich and help the lives of those in need. The faces of children he's never met who wish and hope for a better life are the faces that motivate him every day to build a better future for children without families.
Joshua plans to give back to the Bronx community one day, when he is capable.
Additionally during his time in the UK Parliament Andrew worked on successful campaigns to increase infrastructure spending in his Representative’s district and across the UK; to improve healthcare provision for all; to better the lives of senior citizens; and to make government more representative of local needs. Furthermore he aided the passage of a Private Members Bill on Medical Innovation through the House of Commons and worked closely with senior Parliamentary authorities regarding renovation of the Palace of Westminster to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. He also played a senior role on two winning General Election campaigns in the UK in a key marginal district.
He recently emigrated to the United States and lives with his wife Lisa in New Jersey.
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The primary purpose of Dennis' work is to assist individuals and organizations to achieve exceptional results in an environment of volatile and/or accelerating change. He believes solutions already reside within organizations and has developed high-impact methodologies for leaders, teams and organizations struggling with change yet in search for new ways to quickly respond.
Dennis’ reputation precedes him; getting underneath real problems, he is a proven catalyst for “stuck” organizations. He is an expert at interrupting business as usual and challenges ways of thinking, leading and designing an organization for successful change.
The genesis of Dennis’ interest in change leadership consulting came as Director of Information Resources for the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation. Faced with a daunting internal transformation project, Dennis chaired multiple task forces chartered with the fundamental redesign and implementation of new quality control systems, dynamic information systems, and recalibrated performance management systems.
Since 1989, as President of Stratton Consulting Group, LLC, Dennis has led comprehensive change interventions for organizations in diverse industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, technology, government and non-profit institutions.
Fiona has extensive experience successfully building and transforming businesses in investment banking and asset management. Prior to her current role, she co-led the Global Index business, overseeing $140 billion in assets and was a key architect behind the growth and development of the award-winning X-trackers ETF franchise, building and delivering investment solutions to a broad range of clients including large global financial institutions, corporations, private banks, hedge funds and money managers.
Fiona is also a passionate advocate for corporate sustainability and community impact initiatives as well as being actively engaged in the firm’s pro-bono activities.
Fiona is widely recognized for her leadership and innovation in the financial services industry and has been recognized by American Banker, the Institute of International Finance, Mutual Fund Industry and Crain’s New York Business.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Birmingham.
In 2006, Raegan, along with a business partner, launched aden + anais’ inaugural product – her modernized version of an Aussie-inspired muslin swaddle blanket in style-driven colors and patterns. Instantaneously, the product resonated with American parents and the demand for the swaddles grew exponentially with Raegan securing triple-digit growth yearly since the businesses inception. In 2009, she left her position at The Economist to run aden + anais full-time as the brand’s sole owner.
Raegan was recently named as one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year, considered one of the most prestigious business awards in the world. aden + anais was named to SmartCEO’s 2015 Future 50 list, recognizing the nation’s fastest growing companies as well as by Crain’s New York Business in this year’s Fast 50 list at number 30.
In 2015, Peta-Gay joined the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division at Google Inc., where she is the Program Manager for Code Next -- Google’s first community-facing initiative that works to cultivate Black and Latinx tech leaders. Through the development of culturally responsive programs, events and the build-out of innovation labs, Code Next removes barriers, expands social capital, and provides unparalleled access to technology.
Peta-Gay is a member of the Board of Trustees at Pace University and is an Adjunct Professor at the University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science. Before joining Google, Peta-Gay was the Deputy Director of IT at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Software Engineer building web-based applications for companies such as Federal Reserve Bank, NYC Department of Education, New York Magazine, and COACH Inc.
Peta-Gay holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Programming from Farmingdale State University of New York (SUNY) and has earned a Master's Degree from Pace University. Peta-Gay is a 1st generation Jamaican-American. She is a native New Yorker and resides in Long Island, NY.
Benjamin works primarily in financial services, including banking, insurance, and payments on multiple digital, technology, and operational issues. He focuses on digital transformation, technology, agile organization, and governance. His clients include large global financial services institutions in North America, as well as select clients in other industries (automotive, consumer, and others). Benjamin also has co-authored numerous articles about agile transformation.
Prior to BCG, Benjamin worked as a consultant with IBM Global Services in Germany.
Kathleen has worked to increase the opportunity for positive dialogue and the exchange of best practice in child welfare. Kathleen regularly presents at national and international child welfare conferences and has appeared on CNN, FOX News, CBS, NBC, C-SPAN, PBS and numerous other media outlets.
Kathleen attended Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s where she graduated with honors and received a state certified specialty in juvenile advocacy. She and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of four children, Grace, Noah, Liam and Emerson.
Thad advises public and private companies and private equity firms on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, corporate governance, joint ventures, spin-offs and securities offerings. He advises companies in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on sports, media, entertainment and technology.
Thad has been recognized as a Power Player in Sports Law by SportsBusiness Journal and a Rising Star in Media & Entertainment by Law360. Thad is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.