Board of Advisors
Established in 2015, the Board of Advisors provides guidance and support in advancing the vision and mission of the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Board members offer a communal perspective on the evolution of the business environment, its impact on students and graduates, and how those changes may affect the school’s evolving education initiatives. Members offer their expertise and experience as advocates in advancing the School and its mission. Learn more about each Advisor below.
Bob Daugherty is the Executive Dean of the Forbes School of Business & Technology. Previously, Mr. Daugherty served as the CEO of the Jack Welch Management Institute, Chairman of Eduventures, CEO of Cognitive Arts, and has held leadership roles at GE Capital and other private equity institutions. He has served on various panels at conferences and symposiums, speaking on topics ranging from international higher education to venture capital investing. He has also served as a Fulbright Specialist, working with university presidents and boards in Africa and the Middle East in a program funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Dr. Tamar Elkeles
Dr. Tamar Elkeles is the Chief People Officer at Quixey, a Silicon Valley mobile technology company. Previously, she served as the Chief Learning Officer for Qualcomm where she oversaw the creation and implementation of the learning and development strategy for 31,000 employees worldwide. Dr. Elkeles is an experienced executive, author, and thought leader, with over 25 years of Global Human Resources experience and a PhD in Organizational Psychology.
Steve Forbes is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. Steve writes editorials for each issue of Forbes magazine under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times in a row. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate. In 1996 and 2000, Steve campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the presidency of the United States. Keys to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for children, term limits, and a strong national defense. Steve continues to energetically promote this agenda.
Jayne Johnson is VP, Enterprise Learning & Development at Alkermes, a global biopharmaceutical company, where she is helping shape the company’s approach to talent management and development. Previously, Jayne spent 26 years at GE, where she held a series of leadership positions including oversight to GE’s leadership development curriculum and customer education at GE Crotonville. She has also worked at Deloitte Consulting, Keurig Green Mountain, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Outside of work, Jayne volunteers for Women Unlimited, Inc., an organization focused on developing leadership skills for professional women as well as The Girl Scouts of America.
Rich Karlgaard is the Publisher of Forbes magazine, an American journalist, best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and speaker. In 1992, he started Forbes ASAP along with Steve Forbes and George Gilder. He is a respected forecaster of how events and upcoming trends – tech, financial markets, and especially the impact of Washington politics – will affect business and the economy. Rich is also an expert on successful corporate cultures and how they can attain a sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world.
Dr. Steve Kerr
Dr. Steve Kerr is a Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs, where he has previously served as Managing Director and Chief Learning Officer. Before that, Dr. Kerr was Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of Corporate Leadership Development at General Electric. Dr. Kerr has been a faculty member for the business schools at the Ohio State University, University of Michigan, and University of Southern California. He has authored or coauthored six books and more than 80 journal articles.
Roya Mahboob is the founder and CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company. She launched the Women’s Annex, an online platform for women and girls to share their stories and earn income from their work. In 2013, she was named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. Ms. Mahboob is a Board Member and President of the Digital Citizen Fund, a non-profit focused on digital literacy to empower women and children in developing countries. She is also an active participant in the Forbes Women’s Summit events.
Mark Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, partner in Cotton Venture Partners, a digital oilfield venture fund, and is a Faculty Fellow at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He writes the Energy Intelligence column for Forbes.com, and co-authored the book, The Bottomless Well, which rose to #1 in Amazon science. Mr. Mills was earlier a technology advisor for Bank of America Securities, a co-author of an energy-tech investment newsletter, served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan, and worked in his early career as a semiconductor development engineer and scientist.
Dr. Olin Oedekoven
Dr. Olin Oedekoven is the President and CEO of Peregrine Academic Services. He served 33 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and U.S. Army National Guard, retiring in 2011. He founded Peregrine Leadership Institute in 2003 and Peregrine Academic Services in 2009. A thought-partner in higher education and leadership, his company provides online education and assessment services used to improve the quality of higher education and leadership services aimed to promote values-based leaders ready to make a difference in the world.
Cheryl Oldham is Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senior Vice President of the Education and Workforce program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Through events, publications, and policy initiatives—and drawing upon the Chamber’s extensive network of members—the education and workforce program connects the best minds in American business with the most innovative thinkers in education and training, helping them work together to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource, its workforce. Cheryl also serves on the Board of Trustees for Ashford University.
Dr. Laura Palmer-Noone
Dr. Laura Palmer-Noone is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of Ashford University. She has previously served as the Chief Academic Officer and President of University of Phoenix, President and CEO of Saras Education, Inc., and President and CEO of Potomac College in Washington D.C. Dr. Palmer-Noone has served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and was a member of the Board of the Lumina Foundation for Education.
Dr. Ray Powers
Dr. Ray Powers is the Chair of the Board of Advisors and an Associate Dean of the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. He has nearly 40 years of corporate experience in business and the technology sector including 30 years with AT&T and the Bell System companies. He specialized in the area of strategic planning; mergers and acquisitions; leadership; and in the discipline of strategic project management. Dr. Powers is also the Chair of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Thought Leader Summit.
Bruce Rogers is the Founding Managing Director, SITO Institute for Consumer Behavior and Location Sciences. Bruce is a veteran of Forbes Media, having run marketing and founding its Insights research arm and CMO Practice, incorporating editorial, research, and events for marketing leaders. He was part of the leadership team that grew Forbes.com into the world’s leading business site, and has served as Chief Brand Officer, Chief Insights Officer, and Head of the CMO Practice.
John Tamny frequently writes about the securities markets, along with tax, trade, and monetary policy issues that impact those markets for a variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Financial Times, National Review, and London’s Daily Telegraph. His books include Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downtown Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics; Who Needs the Fed?; Popular Economics; and The End of Laziness. Prior to his present work, Mr. Tamny worked in private wealth management for Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.
Find Your Courage. Stop Playing Safe. Brave. Make Your Mark. The titles of Margie’s bestselling books reflect her passion for emboldening people to live and lead with greater courage. Margie draws on her diverse international background in Fortune 500 business, executive coaching, and psychology to equip people with the mindset and strategies to rethink risk, navigate uncertainty, and to amplify their leadership impact. Her client list includes NASA, Accenture, Deloitte, AT&T, British Telecom, Johnson & Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway, Facebook, MetLife, Salesforce.com, and the United Nations Foundation. She has also been a guest lecturer at numerous business schools including Columbia and Georgetown. Margie is the Founder of Global Courage, a leadership consultancy, and is a regular contributor to Forbes. Her insights have also been shaped by her work and interviews with global leaders from Sir Richard Branson to hotelier Bill Marriott. She is a keynote speaker and experienced media commentator (Today Show, Fox, Wall Street Journal), and shares personal experiences on embracing change, building resilience, and how to ‘fail forward.’