Business, Financial and Organization Advisers

The Big EQ Campaign is in the process of building an advisory board to help guide our efforts to ally with and open doors to major sectors of the business and financial community in promoting and financing the Campaign. Advisers might contribute in other ways, such as with pro bono services. Among initial members are the following:

A leading figure in California in strategic planning, political organizing, public policy and community outreach, Mr. Attore is the principal owner of Attore & Associates, a public affairs, political consulting and strategic planning firm. He has assisted clients in advancement of children’s health and education, including the California Teachers Association, the California Endowment, the Packard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and Lumina Corporation. He has also worked with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 11 and 18, AT&T and AECOM.

Founder and President of The Global Investment Foundation for Tomorrow (GIFT), a global effort to advance mindfulness training in every sector, Mr. Beard is spearheading EQ awareness in Delaware and Washington DC. In 1972, along with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., Mr. Beard co-founded the Jefferson Awards Foundation to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The Jefferson Awards recognize both ordinary people who do extraordinary things and individuals whose public service has had a broad national impact. During the administration of the first George Bush in 1992, he was also the driving force creating the President’s Youth Service Awards to attract thousands of young Americans into community service.

CEO and Co-founder of Pervasive TV, an on-site commercial network serving hotels, airports and other public facilities.  Earlier he was Founder/Managing Partner at DEAL Global Holdings. An African America active in inner city affairs, he is facilitating police and community reconciliation in Los Angeles.

CEO of Groovworx, Inc., which is donating audio recording production for all creative projects.

Founder and CEO of Bob Blake & Associates, Inc., which specializes in benefit management and supplemental insurance products for the public sector and for private non-profit businesses. A leader in the African-American business community, he is exceptionally well-connected to civic leaders in Southern California, the test-market for the Big EQ Campaign.  He is also an officer in the regional chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.

A City Councilman in Los Angeles and former California State Senator, he has focused his career on legislation and programs that expands economic opportunities and learning for state and city residents.

Is the former Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio. He currently is chairman of CityView, which he co-founded,an investment management and development firm focused on urban residential real estate in the Western U.S. CityView targets complex multifamily housing opportunities in urban markets overlooked by others due to transaction and development challenges.

Former Owner/Publisher/Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Community Newspapers. Prior to that David was publisher of Metro Newspapers in San Jose, which he co-founded in 1985. Active in Silicon Valley civic and cultural affairs, he is spearheading the Big EQ’s efforts in Silicon Valley.

Founder and president of Grounded Kids Yoga and Atlanta Yogo Movement.

A teacher and mother who is an ardent activist for EQ and social-emotional learning, she is leading the organizing effort in the Inland Empire region of California as a steering committee member and chair of the Outreach Committee of our sister organization             The California Social-Emotional Learning Alliance.

Former President and current board member of the Santa Clara County Board of Education in CA. and a former teacher, he is an ardent proponent of SEL in schools. Mr. DiSalvo supports a system of public education in which all students succeed and failure is not tolerated. He has focused on closing the racial achievement gap while increasing high school graduation and college going rates, especially for first generation college students and imprisoned students.

Founder and Principal of business development specialist the Zinica Group. Earlier he was Sr. VP for Broadband & Emerging Markets for DirectTV and Chief Revenue Officer for SONIFI Solutions, formerly Lodgenet.

Publisher of Latino Leaders Magazine and himself one of the leaders of the Latino business community in the U.S and Mexico. Jorge is also a member of the Board of the New America Alliance, an American Latino business group, and PRIMER Network, a group of high profile Latino executives. He is also Board Member of The American Heart Association.

Sydney is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Professor Finkelstein has published 20 books and 80 articles, including the #1 bestseller Why Smart Executives Fail listed by Forbes as one of the best business books ever. He also authored On Emotional Intelligence. Professor Finkelstein is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and on the global Thinkers 50 list of top management gurus. His latest bestseller is Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman calls it “a leadership guide for the Networked Age,” while Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, says “Superbossesgives leaders a playbook to bring out the best in their people.” 

Beginning in Silicon Valley in the mid-1990s, Rafe has founded, invested in and advised dozens of startup companies and was a co-founder of, a leader in equity financing online. His companies have generated over $1 billion in revenue and $450 million in liquidity to stakeholders. Currently he is focused on Quantitative Venture Capital, a nascent field based on the convergence of equity crowdfunding, complexity economics and securities law reform. He has helped raise millions of dollars for cancer prevention and other charitable causes.

One of the major fundraisers for Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for Humanity.

Former board member of the exemplary SEL-oriented Our Community School in Chatsworth CA, a model for the positive effects of their school-wide Responsive Classroom program.

A Philadelphia native and highly successful entrepreneur, including as creator of the best-seller the Butler Bag and Leader Girlz, Ms. Groover has been tagged by Success Magazine as a “one-woman brand” and “creativity and innovation guru.” Her organization, Leader Girlz, teaches young girls the importance of empowerment through play. An ardent advocate for SEL learning in institutions, especially schools, she is also a business and lifestyle expert contributor and content creator for ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, and The CW.

CEO of the marketing firm, which has worked for many education-oriented clients over the years.

A highly respected educator, she is founder and president of EmpowerMind, an education process that facilitates rapid learning, especially for students and adults who have difficulties learning via standard procedures. A strong supporter of emotional and social learning in school curriculum, she is actve in promoting that cause in the Detroit, Michigan, region.

An expert in sales leadership and lead generation as well as team-building and effective technology implementation, Ron is highly knowledgeable about EQ in business. As a manager he is committed to an organizational culture of employee respect, development and motivation. He advises the Big EQ on early sponsorship development.

Founder and CEO of Emerging Transformational Ventures which specializes in facilitating mergers and acquisitions, business development, and marketing and sales.

Founder and President of The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance of Massachusetts (, an organization of educators, mental health professions, academics, SEL program developers, parents and business people dedicated to expanding SEL in that state and support from the state legislature.  The Alliance has had a measurable impact on doing so over the last few years, including by providing some basic training school officials in how to understand and begin to apply SEL in their schools.

CEO of the outdoor advertising company Mahlmann Media, her philanthropic interests are focused on children’s development.

The former saxophonist and rhythm guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp and Toto, Mr. Page is also a technologist and entrepreneur who is CEO of Ignited Network, a music-accelerator in Los Angeles. He also founded Walt Tucker Productions, an audio/video post-production company that produced projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions and others; and he co-founded 7th Level, Inc., an award-winning CD-ROM game and educational software company, and New Media Broadcasting Company. Clients included Will Smith, Monty Python and Toto.

Founder and President of Bilingual Education Services, Inc., and former co-chair of the Los Angeles City Pension Commission. He is a well-known leader in the Latino business community.

Founder and CEO of Napalm Entertainment, which develops game-learning for educators and other games for private company clients. The company also provides technology to small and medium sized businesses and institutions, including mobile app solutions designed to expand outreach and efficiency and cross-platform development and integration on all operating systems from desktops to tablet devices and mobile devices. He is the Big EQ’s chief technology adviser.

Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for Applied Materials, a world leader in materials engineering and semi-conductors and on the list of Forbes Most Admired World Companies for its ecological and civic footprint. Highly active civically in Silicon Valley, Mr. Pon was formerly Vice President for Programs for The James Irvine Foundation.

Founder and President of 2000-member METAL International, an organization comprised of leaders in the media, entertainment and technology industries. Also, until recently and for many years host of the popular radio show Business Rockstars.

Managing Director of Ryder Communications Group, a strategic marketing and communications firm focused on assisting major advertisers in transforming brand, communications and marketplace presence. The company’s marketing programs encompass all areas of digital, advertising and design. Mr. Ryder is also Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Right Brain Project, a new enterprise that provides creativity-training programs for organization leaders.

Co-Founder with acclaimed designer Tara Cooke of, the strategic advertising agency that specializes in high impact messages with a witty flair. Adville is donating both online and print advertising for The Big EQ “EQuip Our Kids!” Campaign. David has created advertising for Wendy’s, Toyota, Bausch & Lomb, Hilton Hotels, Diet Coke, Century 21 Real Estate, and many other stellar clients. The author of more than 20 books, David has been published by Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Penguin, Signet and Time Warner International. His written work has been featured in major media including The Late Show, The Today Show, USA Today, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine  and The New York Times.

An American and British TV and film producer and educator, he is president of Film Associates, Inc., and founder of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading multi-national charity now serving 6 million seriously ill children and their families each year. In 1995, Samuelson and Steven Spielberg co-founded Starbright World, the first fully interactive multi-media, online social network, a virtual playground for ill children that still operates internationally, 24 hours a day. In 1999 Peter co-founded, a national advocacy non-profit representing abused and neglected children and, in 2006, he launched, a non-profit that provides single-user portable housing to our nation’s urban homeless. He was previously president of Splashlife and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Panavision, Inc.

Chief Operating Officer, Unique Business Systems, a software development company.

Founder and Managing Director of San Francisco-based investment banking firm Viant Capital and of the investment fund Viant Green Capital.

One of the world’s foremost experts in Search Engine Optimization and author of the leading text on SEO.

Devoted to projects that advance human awareness, positive societal structures and philanthropy, John and his wife Margo were founding and lead organizing members of Threshold Foundation, Integral Institute, Creative Philanthropy Associates, the Wisdom Beyond Borders Fund at Mediators Foundation, and the Steiner King Foundation. He has been a founding member of, and actively engaged with, the Social Venture Network, Search for Common Ground, Reuniting America, and the Transpartisan Center. In 1999 he co-founded the National Commons to bring multi-stakeholder, collaborative problem solving tools to the national level. He now works closely with the Convergence Center for Public Policy, which forges wise and enduring solutions to key national issues through trust building dialogues of diverse people and organizations leading to action.

A recognized American “thought leader” in the field of developmental psychology and human relations, she is best known for her work with women’s emotional and psychological development during the years spent co-creating the Feminine Power mastery teachings and for her best-sellers Calling in the One and Conscious Uncoupling.

Founder and CEO of Earthstone International, LLC.  Earlier he founded and led Natural Nectar Corp, which he sold, and Emerald Forest.

Founder and President of Operation USA, an important international disaster relief and development agency helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty.

Partner at Living Economy Advisors and West Coast manager of StakeHolders Capital, a financial advisory firm. An economist and Certified Financial Planner, he is a member of the California Financial Opportunities Roundtable.

Co-director of the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles, based at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Mr. Wilms works closely with inner city violence programs and is a strong supporter of school SEL programs as violence minimizers.