Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows Program

  • What if leaders from business, government/policy, and the social sector had knowledge and expertise not just within their own fields, but across these other sectors as well? 

    How might these leaders better address not only their own organizational challenges, but also complex social problems that span across sectors, if they were familiar with the language and tools of each other's fields?

    This thinking lead to the University of Virginia's Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows (TSL) program, a cross-university effort designed to explore effective, responsible leadership and the importance of multi-disciplinary perspectives in decision-making. The fellowship brings together prominent global leaders with graduate students and faculty from UVA’s policy, business and law schools for a series of intimate and dynamic discussions. In each session, the fellows have the opportunity to view a situation or challenge from this leader's perspective, first-hand.

    The Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows program is administered by the Institute for Business in Society and facilitated by faculty across all three schools. 

    WATCHMastercard Center for Inclusive Growth President Shamina Singh underscores the value of Tri-Sector Leadership skills and leveraging public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing social challenges.

  • Program Leaders

    The Tri-Sector Leadership (TSL) Fellows Program is led by one faculty member from UVA's Darden School of Business, School of Law and Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and directed by an Institute for Business in Society Director and Fellow. The leadership team for 2016-2017 includes:


    Mary Margaret Frank Darden HeadshotMary Margaret Frank: Associate Professor of Business Administration & Institute for Business in Society Academic Director, Darden School of Business 

    Julia MahoneyJulia Mahoney: John S. Battle Professor of Law, School of Law

    MyungNoah Myung, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

    Marc Ferzan: Marc Ferzan Headshot CroppedFellow, Institute for Business in Society, Darden School of Business

    Morse TSLMaggie Morse: Associate Director, Institute for Business in Society and Tri-Sector Leadership (TSL) Fellows Program Director, Darden School of Business

    Discussion Sessions

    From September through March, the Tri-Sector Leadership (TSL) Fellows engage in discussions with notable leaders who have agreed to volunteer their time and energy to host a round-table conversation with the students. Many sessions encompass the exploration of core themes including:

    • Leadership Skills
    • Multi-Sector Collaboration
    • Multi-Sector Perspectives in Decision Making
    • Responsible Leadership
    • Stakeholder Engagement 

    These core themes are typically addressed through the use of specific examples and discussion topics. Past discussion topics include:

    • Consumer Privacy in the Age of Data Mining
    • Corporations and Public Policy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Deregulation of the Telecom Industry
    • Energy Policy Reform
    • Financial Crises and Government Response
    • Fiscal and Operational Enhancements in Non-Profits
    • Government Reform
    • Healthcare Access and Delivery
    • Non-Profits and Public Policy
    • Public Universities
    • Tax Reform
    • Transportation Systems and Building Resilient Infrastructure


    From September through December, the fellows engage in discussion sessions with notable leaders who have agreed to volunteer their time and energy to host a round-table conversation with the students.

    2018 SPEAKERS

    Jim Donovan, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, & Co; Adjunct Faculty, UVA Law 

    Wick Moorman, former President & CEO, Amtrak; former President & CEO, Norfolk Southern Railway

    Michael Finnegan, President, Atlantic Media

    Margie Graves, Federal Deputy Chief Information Officer, United States

    Justin Jones, former speechwriter, Mitch McConnell; Managing Director, The Mikolashek Group

    Wendy Chan, Strategy Senior Manager, Accenture

    Annie Donovan, Director Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury

    Michael Piwowar, Executive Director of the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets; former Securities and Exchange Commissioner

    James Ryan, President, University of Virginia

    Melody Barnes, Co-Founder & Principal, MB²; Distinguished Fellow, UVA Law; Senior Fellow & Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, UVA Miller Center 

    2017-2018 SPEAKERS

    Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children 

    Luis Fortuño, former Governor of Puerto Rico 

    Kim Keenan, President and CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council 

    Dontai Smalls,Vice President, Global Public Affairs, UPS 

    Thomas Debass, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State 

    Wick Moorman, Co-CEO, Amtrak 

    Dr. Grace Terrell, CEO, Envision Genomics 

    Scott Beardsley, Dean, UVA Darden School of Business 

    Risa Goluboff, Dean, UVA School of Law 

    Allan Stam, Dean, UVA Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy 

    2016-2017 Speakers

    Kathelen Amos, President, Aflac Foundation

    David Brown, Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs, Exelon Corporation

    Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

    Rich Schrader, former Chair, Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Sarah Bloom-Raskin, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury

    Shamina Singh, President, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth

    Paul Mahoney, Faculty and Former Dean, UVA School of Law

    Ted Mathas, CEO, New York Life 

    2015-2016 Speakers 

    Scott Beardsley, Dean, UVA Darden School of Business

    Ignacia Moreno, CEO and Principal, iMoreno Group and former Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division

    Franklin Raines, former Chairman and CEO, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and former Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

    Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA

    David Toscano, House of Delegates Democratic Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly

    Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Christopher Valentino, Director of Strategy, Cyber Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

    Fred Werner, Group President, Design and Consulting Services, AECOM 

    2014-2015 Speakers

    Veronique ("Ronnie") Hakim, Executive Director, New Jersey Transit

    Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross

    Michael McShane, Government Relations Executive 

    Troy Paredes, former Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 

    Carlos Pasqual, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Ukraine 

    Teresa Sullivan, President, University of Virginia 

    Matthew Swift, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO, Concordia