National Thought Leaders Advisory Council


The National Thought Leaders Advisory Council is a small, select group comprised of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, philanthropists and social innovators who are passionate about helping the Foundation achieve its bold mission to end breast cancer. This distinguished council contributes a wealth of experience, creativity and insight that is invaluable to the Foundation as it works to engage and inspire a national community of stakeholders.

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Edith Sanford Convenes National Thought Leaders Council (June 11, 2013)




Craig Arnold

Arnold is the president and chief executive officer of the technology company Permara LLC and a former director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led one of the foundation’s earliest initiatives to bring access to computers and the internet to small towns and large cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Chile.


Arnold has also served as chief executive officer at Plymouth Energy and has been a board member for NPower.




Katie Behnke

Behnke is managing partner and cofounder of The Starboard Group. She is a successful political and fundraising campaign advisor who has worked with a veritable who’s who of Colorado politics, including U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Gov. Bill Owens.





J.FieldsJanice (Jan) Fields

Fields is the former president of McDonald’s USA, LLC, and one of the most widely recognized women in business leadership.

She currently serves on the boards of St. Louis-based Monsanto, The Field Museum, The Global Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and chairs the Board of United Cerebral Palsy.  She is also a member of The Chicago Network, an organization of professional women in the upper echelons of business, the arts, government, and academia.

Fields has been named to the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list, The Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch” list, and Crain’s Chicago Business list of “25 Women to Watch.”




Ralph Kauten

Kauten is the chairman and chief executive officer of Quintessence Biosciences, Inc. located in Madison, Wisc.  Kauten has served as co-founder and leader of a number of biotechnology companies including Promega Corporation, PanVera Corporation, and Mirus Corporation. He has also been designated as an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young.






Clare A. Martorana

Martorana is a digital media executive who has held senior leadership positions with WebMD Health, including the role of senior vice president of partnerships and editor-at-large at WebMD Health, and the senior vice president and general manager of the WebMD Network. Before joining WebMD, she served as chief operating officer at oncology.com.

Martorana’s previous experience includes the positions of vice president and executive producer at CBS HealthWatch by Medscape, where she developed CBS HealthWatch radio and broadcast programming as well as special projects for CBS. Martorana has also worked as an independent film producer at SDR Films and Coleman Parker Productions in New York where she produced numerous feature films and documentaries.



R.McCrayRon McCray

McCray is a private investor and corporate director. He previously served as the chief administrative officer of Nike, Inc., and chief legal officer of Kimberly-Clarke Corporation. McCray is the minority owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise and serves on the boards of Cornell University and the Harvard Law School. By nomination of President Obama and Senate confirmation, he is also a member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.





Pierce H. McDowell III

McDowell is a co-founder and current president, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of South Dakota Trust Company LLC and South Dakota Planning Company LLC. The former is a national trust boutique company for the wealthy based in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the latter a trust/estate planning consulting, marketing and sales firm based in New York City.






Matthew Meskell

Meskell works on operations, product and strategy at Palantir Technologies, a privately-held company based in Silicon Valley, whose software enables integrating, analyzing, and visualizing large-scale data.  He previously served as a managing director for a multi-billion dollar investment fund dedicated to macro trading strategies. Meskell has also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and has practiced law with a focus on intellectual property disputes.




Catherine Rodewald

Rodewald has served as the president and chief executive officer with Prudential Asset Resources, Inc. and the managing director/chief information officer for Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Rodewald has also held leadership positions with AMRESCO (international publicly traded diversified financial services corporation) and Ernst and Young (formerly Kenneth Leventhal & Company). She was also formerly president of the Komen affiliate in Dallas.




D.SpradlinDwayne Spradlin

Spradlin is the chief executive officer of Health Data Consortium, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit public private partnership advocating and enabling improvements in health and health care through better use of health data.

He previously served as president and chief executive officer of InnoCentive, the pioneer in open innovation and crowdsourcing, president of Hoovers Online, president and chief operations officer of StarCite Inc., senior vice president at VerticalNet Inc., and director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he spent ten years delivering technology and strategy solutions to Fortune 500 clients.

Spradlin recently coauthored The Open Innovation Marketplace, published by FT Press; and his article “Are You Solving the Right Problem?” was published in the September 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review.




Jan Stadler

Stadler is a breast cancer advocate and survivor, community volunteer, and she is actively involved in supporting several nonprofits. Stadler is married to professional golfer Craig Stadler, and helps manage the business side of their busy life in golf.





Carolyn Valentine

Valentine is the senior director for global strategic marketing at McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

Prior to joining McNeil, Carolyn was area senior director of commercial and business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan (EMEA), within the International Nutrition Division of Abbott Laboratories.





Karen Williams

Williams leads strategic initiatives focused on increasing sales and profitability as executive director of strategic operations implementation for DineEquity, parent of Applebee’s Grill and Bar and IHOP.

Before joining DineEquity, Williams acted as an internal consultant to senior management at 7-Eleven, and contributed to more than a four-fold increase in profitability at Corner Bakery Cafe, its sale to a private equity-backed group and its transition to stand alone status. She has held progressive supply chain management positions with PepsiCo and its spin-offs, Yum! Brands and the Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op (UFPC), developing and executing supply strategy for Pizza Hut and new concepts such as WingStreet.




Cynthia Hardy Young

Young is global head of agency at AIG.  She focuses on consumer and small commercial business written through intermediaries worldwide. She is also the former president of Encompass Insurance, a $2.5-billion division of Allstate Insurance that sells personal lines products countrywide through two brands.