Helen Dennis is a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging, employment, and retirement. She has conducted research on these issues for organizations such as The Conference Board, AARP, UC Berkeley, and the U.S. Administration on Aging. Nationally, she has lectured extensively to the business community, professional groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
In her consulting practice, she has worked with over 10,000 employees planning for the “non-financial” aspects of their retirement including men and women who are senior executives, managers, factory workers, and university faculty and staff. As an author, she is the editor of two books, Retirement Preparation, and Fourteen Steps in Managing an Aging Work Force, and is a weekly columnist writing on successful aging for The Daily Breeze, a Media News/Hearst newspaper. Her most recent book, co-authored with Bernice Bratter, is Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women.
A lecturer for more than 20 years at USC’s Andrus Gerontology Center, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her teaching effectiveness and contributions to the field of aging.
Madelyn P. Jennings is President of the McGregor Links Foundation and a founder of the Cabot Advisory Group. She is the retired Senior Vice President of Personnel at the Gannett, the largest newspaper company in the U.S., and publisher of USA TODAY. Previously, she was Vice President of Human Resources at Standard Brands Inc., and earlier held a number of executive positions at the General Electric Company.
Formerly Co-Chair of the Freedom Forum, she holds emeritus rank on the boards of the Freedom Forum and its affiliates, the NEWSEUM and the Diversity Institute. She has also served on the Defense Business Board (Department of Defense), George Washington University Business School’s Board of Advisors, and the boards of the National Museum of Women’s History, the Center for Productive Longevity, Yaddo (an artist and writers’ colony), National Academy of Human Resources Foundation, and The Women’s Center.
Previously, she was Vice Chairperson of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the American Press Institute, and served on the boards of Harte-Hanks Communications, Hanes Corporation, Personnel Decisions International, Monterrey Institute of International Studies, Sage Colleges, and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.
She is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and an Executive of the Year in the Society of Human Resource Management. She graduated from Texas Women’s University and was named a Distinguished Alumna there. She holds an honorary PhD degree from Russell Sage College.
Dr. D. Bruce Merrifield has a long record in research and research management, currently President and CEO of the Pridco Management Company. He was formerly a Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business from 1989 to 1994 and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University from 1994 to 2000, teaching courses on entrepreneurship.
During the Reagan Administration, he first served as Assistant Secretary of Productivity, Technology and Innovation, U.S. Department of Commerce, from 1981 to 1986 and given the additional responsibility of Undersecretary for Economic Affairs from 1986 to 1988. During this Administration, Dr. Merrifield’s Office spearheaded landmark legislation to modify century-old antitrust laws, The CRADA Act of 1984, and the technology Transfer Acts of 1984, 1986, and 1989, which for the first time released tens of billions of dollars of advanced government-funded research for private-sector access.
Dr. Merrifield is a past member of the Advisory Board for the Binational Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation between the U.S. and Israel, which he helped initiate, and which he replicated in India, France, Finland, Chile, and Ireland. In India, the PACT program initiated the “Bangalore Software Valley.” He has served as Science Advisor to the Royal Jordanian Government and as a member of Visiting Committees for Research at MIT and Boston University. Currently, he is a member of the Visiting Committee for Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago.
Judge William H. Webster has served as Chairperson of the Homeland Security Advisory Council since 2002. He was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 1987 to 1991 and served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1978 to 1987.
He also served as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1973 to 1978 and as Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1970-1973.
Judge Webster has practiced law as a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy since 2002 and continues to practice as a Retired Partner.
William K. Zinke is President of the Center for Productive Longevity (CPL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit created in 2006 with the mission of stimulating the substantially increased utilization of people 50 and older in productive activities where they are qualified and ready to continue adding value.
CPL was created by Human Resource Services, Inc. (HRS), a management consulting firm Bill Zinke founded in New York in 1969 and relocated to Boulder, CO in 1990. HRS has had a leadership role in the human resources and legal fields through consulting activities that have encompassed organizing conferences and group meetings around the world. HRS organized two National Conferences in Washington, DC, one in 2000 and the other in 2007, relating to the impact of demographic change on strategic workforce planning, with books published after each event that received wide distribution.
Bill has been involved for more than 17 years in issues relating to an aging and shrinking workforce in the U.S. and other industrialized countries around the world.