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Dollars and Change: October 4, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Dune Thorne (Head of client experience, Brown Advisory), Cheryl Heller (Chair, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts), and Crystal Rugege (Director of Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University Africa) on the Thursday, October 4, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.

Air Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Crystal Rugege

Air Time: 8:30 pm
Featuring: Crystal Rugege

Dune Thorne

Air Time: 9:00 am
Featuring: Dune Thorne

Cheryl Heller

Air Time: 8:00 am
Featuring: Cheryl Heller

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Dune Thorne

Head of client experience, Brown Advisory

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Dune is a partner of Brown Advisory, a member of the Executive Team and serves as head of client experience and head of the Boston office. Dune works closely with family offices and institutions as a long-term thinking partner. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Dune worked as a portfolio manager at Silver Bridge Advisors. Dune has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has been recognized as one of the top 40 Women in Wealth and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Education:
Harvard Business School, MBA (2003)
Dartmouth College, BA (1998)

Community Involvement:
Founder, Chairwoman of the Board, Invest in Girls
Member, Board and Investment Committee for Milton Academy
Member, Board and Investment Committee for deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Member, Advisory Committee for Golden Seeds LP
Member, Boston Estate Planning Council
Member, World Economic Forum’s Sustainability Development Committee
Member, Commercial Club of Boston
Member, Tiger 21
Board Member, Brown Advisory Sustainable Investing Advisory Board

Certifications:
CWS®
CTFA
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Cheryl Heller

Chair, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts

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Cheryl Heller has a history of building new capacities within organizations that expand their reach and make them more resilient. She is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and President of the design lab CommonWise. She founded the first design department in a major advertising agency. As a strategist, she has helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and designed strategies for hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. Heller was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She has taught creativity to leaders and organizations around the world. Her book, The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Universal Creative Energy of Social Design, will be published by Island Press in September, 2018.

Heller developed Measured, an initiative to evaluate and codify the effect of social design on human health. The project is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with partners that include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Autodesk Foundation, Praekelt and the Reis Foundation.

Her clients have included Ford Motor Company, American Express, Reebok, Mariott International, MeadWestvaco, StoraEnso, the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Medtronic, Mars Corporation, Discovery Networks International, Herman Miller, Bayer Corporation, Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The World Wildlife Fund, Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation, The Graduate Network and the Girl Scouts of America.

Heller is the former Board Chair of PopTech, and a Senior Fellow at the Babson Social Innovation Lab. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $13 million to designers working for the public good, and partnered with Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum to create the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%.” She is currently working on her Ph.D at RMIT University in Melbourne.

 

Organization- https://www.commonwise.design
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Crystal Rugege

Director of Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

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Crystal Rugege joined Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2009 to establish the 1st CMU location in Africa. In this capacity, she co-authored the white paper and managed the negotiations that led to a 10-year partnership between CMU and the Government of Rwanda. From its inception in 2011, Rugege has overseen the business operations and led the strategic vision for CMU-Africa. Prior to CMU, Rugege worked at IBM Silicon Valley Lab for seven years as a software engineer developing business intelligence solutions for banking and retail institutions.

Rugege is a non-executive director of I&M Bank Rwanda, and vice chair of the board of kLab, Rwanda’s first innovation hub. She also sits on Rwanda’s National Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum Internet for All initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Grambling State University, and a master’s degree in information systems and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She’s a strong advocate for technology and education as catalysts for Africa’s socio-economic transformation.

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