FRED shines a light on exceptional leaders to recognize their contributions as inspirational role models.

We also honor exemplary leaders at the FRED Forum to celebrate their stories and learn from their experience. 

Leadership Spotlights have included:

Professor David Batstone, President & Co-Founder of the global anti-slavery organization Not For Sale; Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Just Business, an international investment group that incubates social enterprises, “where profit meets purpose.”

David shared his story with us at the 2015 FRED Forum in Denver:


LeadershipSpotlight2013-WPMThe Institute for Peace & Justice Women PeaceMakers Program at USD
Each year The Institute for Peace & Justice Women PeaceMakers Program at the University of San Diego (USD) hosts four women from around the world to document and share their peacemaking stories. These women are deeply involved on the frontlines in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their communities. The 2013 WPMs were honored as the FRED Leadership Spotlight at the 2013 FRED Forum. IPJ WPM program officer, Jennifer Freeman, presented an overview of the program. Jennifer and the four Women PeaceMakers, attended the entire Forum as participants. The FRED Leadership Spotlight 2013 WPMs are 1) Rehana Hashmi, Pakistan 2) Sabiha Husić, Bosnia-Herzegovina 3) Philister Baya Lawiri, South Sudan 4) Rutuparna Mohanty, India.


PoonamAhluwaliaPoonam Ahluwaliah
Poonam Ahluwalia is the Founder & President of Youth Entrepreneur and Sustainability (YES) Inc., an international non-profit and development organization. The YES Campaign is an initiative in 55 countries that responds to the enormous global challenge of youth unemployment. Youth Trade is a YES project designed to promote entrepreneurship among people under the age of 35 by creating new markets for their products.


David Campbell, Ph.D.
FRED shines the 2012 Leadership Development Spotlight Dr. David Campbell, Smith Richardson Senior Fellow Emeritus, Center for Creative Leadership. CCL has been rated by the London Financial Times among the Top Ten Executive Education organizations. David joined CCL in 1974 and retired as the Smith Richardson Senior Fellow Emeritus in 2008. Our spotlight features a conversation with David about his lifetime experience and views on leadership and developing leaders.


spotlight-mimiMimi Silbert
Silbert is the Founder, President and CEO of Delancey Street, a world renowned non-profit organization providing residential rehabilitation services and vocational training for people who have hit bottom. Headquartered in San Francisco, Delancey Street has six national centers serving ex-felons, prostitutes, substance abusers, and others. The organization’s methods have been widely praised and emulated internationally, including by Dr. Karl Menninger who called Delancey Street, “The best and most successful rehabilitation program I have studied in the world.” Delancey Street has had more than 18,000 successful “graduates” over more than 40 years. Silbert is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including 10 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Brandeis, UMass, Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, and others. She will receive her 11th honorary degree from Israel’s Ben Gurion University in May 2011.


JimCollinsBWJim Collins
As author of the business best-sellers, Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall, Collins is a world-renowned expert on leadership and keen observer of great organizations – how they grow, attain superior performance, and how good organizations can become great.Collins’ highly regarded book, Built to Last, has been a fixture on the Business Week best-seller list for more than six years, and has been translated into 29 languages. Additionally, his work has been feature in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. Collins second book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t, attained long-running positions on the New York TImes, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best seller lists, has sold 3 million hardcover copies since publication and has been translated into 35 languages, including such languages as Latvian, Mongolian and Vietnamese.Collins’ most recent book, How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In, was published on May 19, 2009.


FrancesHesselbeinFrances Hesselbein
Hesselbein is one of the most highly respected experts in the leadership development field. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management). In 1998, Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is America’s highest civilian honor. The award recognized her leadership as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as a “pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Hesselbein is Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning quarterly journal, Leader to Leader, and a co-editor of a book of the same name. She also is a Co-Editor of the Drucker Foundations’ three-volume Future Series and Leading Beyond the Walls, and Leading for Innovation, Organizing for Results, the first two books in the Foundation’s Wisdom to Action Series. Additionally, Hesselbein is Co-Editor (with Marshall Goldsmith) of The Organization of the Future 2: Visions, Strategies, and Insights on Managing In a New Era (2009). She also is the author of the books, Hesselbein on Leadership and Be, Know, Do: Leadership the Army Way, written in collaboration with General Eric K. Shinseki (USA Ret.). Hesselbein is the co-editor of 27 books in 29 languages.


WarrenBennisWarren Bennis
Bennis was one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and the author of 30 books and numerous articles on leadership, change, and creative collaboration. He was the Founding Chairman of USC’s Leadership Institute, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the USC Marshall School of Business, and Advisory Board Chairman of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Bennis was also a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Bennis consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and served as an adviser to five U.S. Presidents. In May 2000, the Financial Times referred to him as “the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field.” Forbes Magazine has called him the “dean of leadership gurus.” And Business Week named Bennis as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in 2007. His book, Leaders, was named by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 business books of all time. Additionally, he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his book, An Invented Life. His later book, Geeks & Geezers (co-authored with Bob Thomas) was republished (2007) in paperback as Leading For A Lifetime.