Board of Advisors
Established in 2015, the Forbes School of Business & Technology Board of Advisors provides support and counsel to the Executive Dean of the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. 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 recently 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, Dr. Elkeles spent 24 years at Qualcomm, where she served as the Chief Learning Officer and oversaw the creation and implementation of the learning and development strategy for 31,000 employees around the world. Dr. Elkeles is also a published author and was named CLO of the Year by Chief Learning Officer magazine in 2010.
Ken Fisher is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fisher Investments, a money management firm that handles more than $60 billion in assets. He is also well known for his “Portfolio Strategy” column in Forbes where he is the third-longest running columnist in the magazine’s history. Watch a video of Ken Fisher’s presentation during the Forbes School of Business & Technology Speaker Series.
Steve Forbes is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. He writes the “Fact and Comment” editorial columns for each issue of Forbes magazine. He is a four-time recipient of the Crystal Owl Award and has authored several books on economics and leadership. In 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes was a candidate for the presidency of the United States. View highlights from Steve Forbes’ presentation during the Forbes School of Business & Technology Speaker Series.
Rich Karlgaard is the Publisher of Forbes magazine. Mr. Karlgaard is 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 has been the Publisher of Forbes magazine since 1998. Watch Rich Karlgaard’s presentation during the Forbes School of Business & Technology Speaker Series.
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. In 2015, she took part in the Forbes Women’s Summit.
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. He has taught doctoral level students for 10 years.
Cheryl Oldham is Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Education and Workforce program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Additionally, she 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.
Jeff Pannozzo is the Vice President of Government Affairs at Bridgepoint Education. With more than 20 years of government affairs experience, Mr. Pannozzo serves as lead representative for Bridgepoint Education on higher education issues before the U.S. Congress. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of Bridgepoint’s political action committee. Mr. Pannozzo is an ex officio member of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Board of Advisors.
Dr. Ray Powers
Dr. Ray Powers is an Associate Dean of the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. With nearly 40 years of corporate experience in business and the technology sector, Dr. Powers specializes in the area of strategic planning; mergers and acquisitions; leadership; and in the discipline of strategic project management. He is the Chair of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Board of Advisors. Dr. Powers is also a contributor to Ashford’s Forward Thinking blog.