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Lewis Long

Chair
Marketing Expert, Entrepreneur

In 2012 Lewis Long founded the Long Gallery Harlem, a contemporary art gallery that serves under-represented, emerging artists. His presentations have landed artists in the collections of Princeton University, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and numerous private collections. Most recently, he assumed the role of Associate Director for External Affairs for the new Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery in West Harlem.

Prior to his work in the arts, Mr. Long spent nearly 25 years in corporate sales and marketing leadership roles. He managed mega-consumer brands, identifying new revenue streams and creating long-term shareholder value through his launch of new businesses for Covergirl Cosmetics, MicroStrategy enterprise software, Verizon FiOS, and ADT home automation.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in finance, cum laude, from Howard University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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Greg Fairchild, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Cofounder
Entrepreneurship Professor

Greg Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration, Associate Dean for Washington, D.C. Area Initiatives, and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. CNN/Fortune and Poets & Quants named Dr. Fairchild one of the “Top Ten Business School Professors in the World” and one of the “50 Best Business School Professors” respectively. Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education recognized Dr. Fairchild for his leadership and risk taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum.

In 2007 Dr. Fairchild won a three-year $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which supported his research on business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.

In addition to his teaching and research, he is a consultant to corporations, nonprofits and governmental agencies. Dr. Fairchild earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Bobby Jenkins

Treasurer
Strategic Advisor

Bobby Jenkins is a Managing Director at Fahrenheit Advisors, a middle-market advisory firm that helps companies overcome challenges to find the most efficient path to growth. Along with serving clients, he is also charged with expanding Fahrenheit’s business in the greater Charlottesville area. Prior to joining Fahrenheit, he worked at Silverchair Holdings, a Charlottesville-based SaaS business focused on scholarly and professional publishing. In addition to his work with Fahrenheit Advisors and Silverchair Holdings, Mr. Jenkins has served as CFO of several multinational companies, principally involved in media, entertainment, and consumer products.

In addition to the role at Resilience Education, he serves on the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Mr. Jenkins holds a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration from UNC.

 
 

Tierney Fairchild, Ph.D.

Secretary, Cofounder
Turnaround & Education Expert

Tierney Fairchild specializes in executive leadership and policy, turnarounds, public/private partnerships, and race and equity issues in education. As president of Socratic Solutions, Inc., she consults with national and regional organizations, state agencies, private foundations, and leading nonprofits. Dr. Fairchild was the founding executive director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia, where she led the design and delivery of a portfolio of executive development programs for educators. She also spent 10 years at United Technologies Corporation in human resources and community relations, where she designed and implemented a strategic K-12 education reform initiative. Dr. Fairchild has extensive media experience and her writing has been published in leading newspapers. Dr. Fairchild currently chairs the board of trustees of the UVa IDEA Fund, supporting inclusion, diversity, equity and access at the University.

Dr. Fairchild earned her Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Bryan Eagle

Board Member
Entrepreneur

Bryan Eagle has led successful companies in their marketing, strategic planning, and business development efforts for over 25 years. Mr. Eagle began his career as an advertising executive in New York, working on the launch of MCI’s residential phone service. From there he developed brands at a number of companies including The Discovery Channel, Skywire, MultiTech and Link Labs. He has worked in strategic planning, business plan creation, new business unit creation, traditional marketing and business development as well as digital marketing and SEO throughout his career.

Mr. Eagle holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Eagle is active locally in the Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Memphis business communities. He is the founder and past Chairman of Emerge Memphis, an incubator for technology-based companies, and a member of several not for profit boards.