Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows are appointed by the Center for Leadership and Change Management to support the Center with a variety of research initiatives, teachings and global projects.

Todd Henshaw
President, Leader Development Associates

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Todd Henshaw teaches Executive Leadership Programs at Wharton. Prior to coming to Wharton, he was a Professor at Columbia University, and Academy Professor and Director of Leadership Programs at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A key architect of West Point’s Leader Development System, he also served as the inaugural Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program, a graduate partnership with Columbia University that prepares Army captains to develop future officers.

At Wharton, Todd teaches leadership and leader development to both executives and MBA students, and consults with organizations desiring improvement in leadership at all levels. He has worked to enhance leadership capacity in numerous global organizations, including General Electric, Glaxo Smith Kline, Coca-Cola, Bao Steel, Kuwait Ministry of Finance, Huawei, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Novartis, Penske, McKinsey, Bain and McKesson and the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. He earned his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, concentrating in Executive Leadership and Strategy, and a Ph.D. in Business at the University of Kansas, examining leadership development and organizational culture.

Ginny Hutchinson
Principal, Zero Point Partners

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Ginny Hutchinson is a Principal at Zero Point Partners, a leadership and executive management consulting firm, serving the most extraordinary leaders, teams, and organizations in the world. As an inspirational leader, Ginny has successfully led start-up companies and corporate giants in the U.S. and Europe. She’s held the position as Chief Marketing Officer for Fortune 100 companies and now applies her global expertise at Zero Point Partners, a leadership consulting firm based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Presently, Ginny teaches at The Wharton School in the Executive Education Program and serves as a leadership consultant for world-class companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Arconic, U.S. Bank, Johnson Controls International and as an executive coach for individuals like World Champion snowboarder Travis Rice and others.

Ginny is also the author of “Better Because of You” an inspirational book sharing how to make each day a little better — named Nordstrom Perfect Gift and featured in Forbe’s inspirational series on Leading a Positive Life.

Ginny holds a BA from the University of Washington and lived in London for 5 yrs as CMO for several successful wireless start-ups. She’s avid snow skier, hiker, world traveler, and adventurer. She dearly loves the outdoors, her community, and her family.

Expertise: Leadership Development. Strategic Marketing. Business Results. High-Performance Teams. Executive Coaching. Communication & Decision Making.

Rodrigo Jordan
Founder and Chairman, Vertical S. A. (Santiago, Chile)

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Rodrigo Jordán is founding director of Vertical in Chile, an organization devoted to using the mountains as classrooms for groups ranging from company mangers to school children. He also directs Fundación Vertical, the non-for-profit arm of Vertical to serve the underprivileged students of the poorest schools in Chile.

Rodrigo is an accomplished mountaineer who has climbed throughout the Andes, summited Mt. Everest by the difficult east face in 1992, and led a Chilean team in 1996 in a successful ascent of K2. In 2002, he led a four-person team in an unsupported 250-mile traverse, much of it unexplored, of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. In 2006, he led a national team of 15 members to the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain.

He received his doctorate in organizational administration from Oxford University, and he teaches Leadership and Decision Making in the MBA program of the Universidad Católica de Chile. Rodrigo was chosen to be the present chairman of the Chilean National Foundation for the Overcoming of Poverty, the most important NGO dealing with Poverty and Social Development today in Chile.

John Kanengieter
Principal, Zero Point Partners

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John Kanengieter is a guest lecturer and facilitator within various Wharton Executive Education programs. His practice focuses on building resilient leaders in any industry.

John’s great passions in life are working with leaders, experiencing the outdoors, and laughing as much as possible. He is the principal of Kanengieter Consulting Group, a private organizational consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership and strategy solutions. He considers it a down-right privilege to work with the clients and partners in his practice.

He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Executive Coaching and Consulting in Organizations and specializes in executive coaching and working with teams in challenging and high-risk work systems. He is a keynote speaker, consultant, coach and trusted confidant. His work with leaders is augmented by his expertise gained from 25 years in the field of leadership development and experiential education. His practice includes clients as individuals, teams, and large organizations with an emphasis on building a system of strong teams focused and aligned on clear strategies.

John’s background on extended mountaineering expeditions gives him valuable experience that he now uses in his work. A teacher at heart, John is a principle trainer contracted by NASA to work with International Space Station astronauts in the dynamics of teamwork and leadership on extended space expeditions. He has developed leadership programs for the US Naval Academy, Fortune 50 corporations, government, and individuals in a slew of different industries.

For many years, John has served as the Director for Leadership at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and also as a visiting instructor to the Ascent Institute, the Jempe Center and the Leadership Institute of Seattle. John lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he really enjoys riding his bike as fast as he possibly can.

Chris Maxwell
Former Adjunct Professor of Management, the Wharton School; author of Lead Like a Guide

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Chris Maxwell taught a course on leadership and teamwork at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School for 15 years, and created and directed an experiential leadership development program that took him and over 200 participants and corporate sponsors to high peaks and challenging environments around the world. 

From the summit of Wyoming’s dramatic Grand Teton to Iceland’s highest snow peak, to the wilds of Patagonia and far beyond, his team-based programs with world-class mountain guides have taught leadership lessons with lasting impact for leaders in both business and non-profit organizations. 

Chris earned a graduate degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a PhD in Public Administration from Penn State.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gregory Shea
Adjunct Professor of Management; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; The Wharton School

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An award-winning teacher, consultant and author of numerous books on leadership and change, Gregory Shea’s expertise covers organizational and individual change, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. For over 30 years, he has consulted extensively with senior organizational leaders of companies facing change in industries including telecom, manufacturing, power, digital technologies, financial services and health care. At Wharton Executive Education, Greg leads program integration in Leading and Managing People, Leading Organizational Change, The Leadership Journey: Reimagine Your Leadership, and LIMRA Leadership Institute Fellow Designation Program. A member of the Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association, Greg’s writing has appeared in such journals as Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and British Journal of Social Psychology.

Elizabeth Vale
Senior Fellow; Former Executive Director, White House Business Council

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Elizabeth Vale is currently a Senior Managing Director at Promontory Interfinancial Group working with corporate clients. Previously, she served as a Senior Advisor and the Business Liaison for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. She was responsible for strategizing, designing, and executing the campaign’s engagement with the business community throughout Massachusetts and nationally.

Previously, Elizabeth served as the Director of the Division of External Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she had primary responsibility for the Bureau’s engagement with Capitol Hill; the media; consumer groups; local, state, and international governments; and the business community. Prior to being named Director of External Affairs, Elizabeth was a Senior Policy Advisor to Elizabeth Warren on the CFPB’s Implementation Team. In this capacity, she served as the liaison to community banks, credit unions, and small businesses.

Elizabeth served previously as the White House Business Liaison and Executive Director of the White House Business Council. She coordinated a consistent White House message to and from the business community across 12 federal agencies.

Prior to her career in public service, Elizabeth was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. She has 22 years of investment experience. Before joining Morgan Stanley, she was a Vice President and portfolio manager at Philadelphia National Bank, now part of Wells Fargo. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was a Legislative Assistant in economic policy for Senator John Heinz, supporting his work on the Senate Banking and Finance Committees.

Elizabeth received an A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard University and studied at the London School of Economics. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Ilene Wasserman
Wharton Executive Education; President, ICW Consulting Group

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Ilene Wasserman has over 30 years of experience in Organizational Consulting, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching. As founder and president of ICW Consulting Group, Ilene helps leaders and teams throughout organizations leverage multiple dimensions of domestic and global diversity by enhancing communication and collaboration. Ilene has served as an executive coach with senior executives and boards of directors of Fortune 100 companies, socially responsible businesses, health care institutions, and institutions of higher education. In addition to consulting and coaching, Ilene has taught courses in leadership, organizational consulting, leading diversity, organizational communication, emotional intelligence and cultural competence, and group dynamics at the graduate level. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership, and a Fellow of both the Taos Institute and The Lewin Center. She also serves on the Boards of the CMM Institute and the Public Dialogue Consortium, and is a Member of NTL.

Joseph Westphal
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Former Undersecretary of the Army

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Joseph Westphal is the former U.S. Ambassador to Saudia Arabia and former Under Secretary of the Army. He has had a distinguished career of service in both academia and government. He served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System and Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. He also served as the Provost, Senior Vice President for Research, and Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School in New York City. Joseph stepped down from this position to serve as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team for Defense matters in December 2008.

He spent his first 12 years in academia as a faculty member of Oklahoma State University, where he was a Professor of Political Science, later becoming head of the Department. During his many years of public service, Joseph has lectured at numerous universities around the world and taught public policy as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University while working in Washington, D.C. In 2001, he served as the Acting Secretary of the Army and earlier he served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works from 1998-2001. He has had extensive experience working in the U.S. Congress and other departments within the executive branch. Joseph served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Water Resources at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. He also worked in the U.S. Congress in various capacities, including directing a bi-partisan congressional caucus in the House and Senate and as a budget analyst and assistant to the Chair of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget. Earlier in his career, he worked as a policy advisor to the Secretary in the Department of the Interior.

Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University, his Master’s degree from the Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.