Sunday, November 18, 2007

America's Best Leaders

US News and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership just released a list of "America's best leaders":
On their web site you will find a profile of each individual on the list:

Lee Hamilton and James Baker, Co-chairs, Iraq Study GroupTheir report made it hard for even the war’s firmest backers to argue for staying the course.

Kenneth Chenault, CEO, American Express Co.He revived Am Ex after September 11 created financial headaches and personal heartaches.

Kenneth Fisher, Chairman and CEO, Fisher House FoundationHis foundation builds housing near military hospitals to accommodate soldiers’ families.

William H. Foege, Senior Fellow, Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationHis work with immunizations for the Gates Foundation has saved millions of lives.

Michael J. Fox, Founder, Michael J. Fox FoundationHe has become the spokesman for Parkinson's disease and raised $90 million for research, too.

Mary Houghton and Ron Grzywinski, Cofounders, ShoreBank Corp.Since 1973, their bank has invested dollars and hands in Chicago’s grittiest neighborhoods.

Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO, Avon Products Inc.She transformed the 120-year-old cosmetics company into 'the Company for Women.'

Fred Krupp, President, Environmental DefenseHe proved that teaming up with businesses was an effective way to solve pollution problems.

Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, the New York TimesIn his columns, Kristof shows a new generation that journalists can advocate for change.

Yo-Yo Ma, Founder and Artistic Director, “Silk Road Project”The cellist brought together the sounds from a historic trade route between Italy and Japan.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, U.S. House of RepresentativesAs the first female speaker, she says her election “broke the marble ceiling” of Congress.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of CaliforniaThe former bodybuilder and actor works with the state Legislature in a nonpartisan way.

Ruth J. Simmons, President, Brown UniversityHer successful fundraising and introduction of need-blind admissions have made her popular.

Pat Summitt, Women’s Basketball Coach, Univ. of TennesseeShe’s had more wins to her name than any other college basketball coach in history.

Shirley Tilghman, President, Princeton UniversitySitting on the board to pick the president, she impressed her colleagues--and they chose her.

Harold Varmus, CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterHe believes scientists' work should immediately be available online to everyone in the world.

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