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Alexander Grashow is a recognized authority on leadership development, business evolution and personal development. He is a renowned facilitator, speaker, and advisor to leaders around the world, with a broad reach into the global business, philanthropic, entrepreneurial and creative communities.

He has been a confidential advisor to Presidents, activists and change agents in their most critical moments of transition.


For the last two decades, Alexander has created programs that are uplifting, challenging and highly interactive, focused on the principle that the capacity to adapt and evolve is increasingly vital to each of us. He has shown repeatedly that these capacities can be internalized quickly and deployed effectively to create great new value, well being and contribution.


In 2015 Alexander founded Lacuna, LLC,  as the next evolution in leadership, business and personal development practice. Lacuna means the missing piece. Dedicated to spreading two needed capacities in the world. First, the skilled leadership that is required to upgrade the limited and broken systems around us. And second, the personal capacity to align our individual core self; history, talents, values, and passions into a coherent model for decision-making and active engagement.  


Alexander works at the forefront of harnessing private capital to help solve global problems and also serves as an advisor to a number of leading impact investing firms. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Armonia LLC and Advisor in Residence at Encourage Capital he provides strategic and team development as well as implementation advice with their clients.


Alexander is dedicated to supporting business as a force for good. He worked with prominent business leaders such as Richard Branson, Jochen Zeitz, Paul Polman, and Mohamed Yunus, to facilitate the dialogue to create the pioneering “business elders” initiative for more sustainable business. Alexander continues to be an advisor to this group, The B team.


Believing that we are responsible for creating and manifesting the future we desire; Alexander has dedicated significant time and attention to building social entrepreneurship programs.  He created the social entrepreneurship leadership curriculum at Acumen and Coro Leadership Development which has trained over 600 Fellows and over 60,000 people online.  


Alexander has worked closely with large scale philanthropists, decisions makers and Fortune 100 CEOs to help scale and focus their Philanthropy.  Annually, he leads the Leveraging your Influence for Good Program, in partnership with Virgin Unite on Necker Island.  Alexander has been named a NorthStar in Virgin’s Global Constellation of collaborative communities of  entrepreneurial ideas to change the world.


He redesigned and served as the lead moderator, for the Clinton Global Initiative. More recently, his work with InterAction had him convening the CEOs of the 50 largest international non-profits in confidential retreat to discuss the further evolution of their organizations in response to the challenges of the 21st Century.


With a deep commitment to share what works, Alexander co-authored Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing the World, from Harvard Business School Press.  He was also co-author of the Harvard Business Review article entitled “Leadership in a Permanent Crisis.”  For the last decade, Alexander has taught executive programs at Harvard, NYU, Duke, and LSE.


For a decade, Alexander helped build and was the CEO of Cambridge Leadership Associates, a consulting, training and diagnostic firm delivering the Adaptive Leadership Framework. During his tenure CLA grew to offices and programming in 5 continents, developed the next generation of master practitioners and worked at the centre of some of the most dynamic societal and business adaptations.  


As Chair of Britdoc Inc., Alexander helps supports great filmmakers in their work by brokering advantageous partnerships, building innovative business models, developing new global audiences, and sharing knowledge. Britdoc is shifting the narrative on how we understand critical issues. Storytelling through the medium and lens of film and documentary brings our attention to where we need to change and adapt in society. Britdoc is famously known for producing the Academy Award winning CitizenFour, Virunga, Bully, and the upcoming Whose Streets movies.


He also co-founded and is the Board Chair of the US Africa Children’s Fellowship which helps contribute to the potential of children by providing educational tools and resources for communities.  The program has supported over 270 Schools in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Ghana. 


Alexander’s performs his work with a mix of logic, creativity, truth and grace. This comes from his study of economics and fine arts and having insatiable curiosity.  He lives in Brooklyn NY with his children, is a practicing artist and continually finds great happiness in new and live music.

Amber Kelleher-Andrews is a professional matchmaker, internationally renowned relationship expert, TV personality, and philanthropy enthusiast.


Amber is the CEO of Kelleher International, our global matchmaking firm responsible for 1,000’s of marriages and relationships worldwide. She is living her dream job day-to-day at Kelleher International interacting with the most successful and interesting entrepreneurs around the world and making a difference in their lives. Having the unique opportunity to contribute significantly means the world to her.


Amber is the founder of AKA Endeavors where she uses her unique matchmaking skills to match progressive change-makers within her exclusive Kelleher network with key social impact projects.


Kelleher International has been awarded back-to-back top global matchmaking awards from 2010-onward, and Amber is a frequent correspondent and contributor on various national media outlets, entertainment, and news platforms such as The Today Show, GMA, 20/20, Nightline and The BBC. She enjoys contributing to business and relationship books, she blogs her expertise and dating advice in columns for The Huffington Post and SFGATE.com and is writing her first novel for 2017.


Amber starred in NBC’s Primetime reality show "Ready For Love" and hosted a radio show called "The Rules of Engagement" for CBS Radio, but her most rewarding endeavors to date in her love career has been co‐hosting Leadership Gatherings with Sir. Richard Branson benefiting Virgin Unite by curating intimate groups of successful entrepreneurs whose commitment in business is to further leverage their influence as a driving force for good.

Amber is a Mamoni100 member where she participates in the conservation efforts of the Panamanian jungle and an enthusiastic world traveler. Most of all Amber enjoys connecting with people as her true passion and living in the San Francisco Bay Area where she resides with her three children, 2 dogs, 2 horses and her husband Jiu Jitsu Master, Nico Andrews.

Cindy is inspired by the power of partnership! She is passionate about alliance building…. amplifying networks toward results-driven positive impact. As a result, she has curated an extraordinary community of entrepreneurial philanthropists, investors, change makers and mentors.  Cindy thrives connecting these remarkable people as they create solutions together.


Early in her journey, Cindy worked with President Carter to help establish the Carter Center, followed by a career as a lawyer and entrepreneur, owning and operating a national cargo airline. Upon an IPO, Cindy established a family foundation, which she spent down over 10 years. A decade of “writing checks to learn” afforded her a deep appreciation for the power of collaboration and high leverage grant making/investing.She currently serves on the board of several of primary donor education initiatives including The Philanthropy Workshop and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Since the early 1990s, Cindy has managed private and public foundations and served as a board member for an array of global NGOs.  


With Addison Fischer, Cindy Co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF), grant making and impact investing foundation focused on facilitating environmental systems change. PHF recently launched the Aligned Intermediary. To date, members have committed to deploy $1.3 billion of capital into climate positive transactions. PHF also launched Oceans 5, a global funders’ collaborative seeking to protect our planet's five oceans. There are currently twelve Oceans 5 partners including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Packard Foundation, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. PHF has also sponsored several strategic TED initiatives, including two Mission Blue voyages.

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