The Drucker Institute announced that John A. Byrne, the editor-in-chief and executive editor ofBusinessWeek.com, and Allison Graff-Weisner, the executive director of City Year Los Angeles, have joined its Board of Advisors.
“We’re thrilled to have brought aboard two people who can do so much to help us advance our mission: to stimulate effective management and ethical leadership across all of society by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter Drucker,” said Rick Wartzman, the director of the Institute, which is a campus-wide resource of Claremont Graduate University. “John’s expertise in the online world and Allison’s intimate knowledge of how to engage young people promise to be invaluable for us as we move forward with our programming.”
Byrne and Graff-Weisner join an extraordinary group of board members, who include: John Bachmann, senior partner at the investment firm Edward Jones; Bob Buford, cable TV pioneer, author and chairman of the Buford Foundation; attorney Cecily Drucker, daughter of the late Peter Drucker; author, inventor and entrepreneur Doris Drucker, wife of the late Peter Drucker; Nobuhiro Iijima, president of Tokyo-based Yamazaki Baking Co.; Ira Jackson, dean of CGU’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management; CGU President Robert Klitgaard; KH Moon, former chief executive of Yuhan-Kimberly Ltd. of South Korea; C. William Pollard, former chairman and CEO of ServiceMaster Co. and author; Minglo Shao, founder of Bright China Holding Ltd. and head of the Peter F. Drucker Academy, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to teaching Drucker’s principles and practices in China; and Craig Wynett, general manager of Future Growth Initiatives at Procter & Gamble Co.
“John and Allison bring energy, passion and credibility to everything they do,” said Ira Jackson. “Their presence on our board will assist us in reaching new audiences with innovative approaches. City Year is one of the nation’s best examples of social innovation that has had a transformative impact, and BusinessWeek continues to pioneer new approaches to understanding the world of commerce and creativity. I believe Peter would be proud and pleased of this evolving, diverse and talented global board, and in knowing that his legacy is in such good and able hands.”
After serving as executive editor of BusinessWeek magazine for two years, Byrne assumed the top editorial job at BusinessWeek’s fast-growing online operation. In his first year in this role in 2007, he led BusinessWeek.comto record levels of reader engagement and traffic, oversaw the redesign of the website, and launched extensive new areas of coverage, including on management. Previously, Byrne was editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine. He is the author of eight books on business, leadership, and management. Among them isJack: Straight from the Gut, the highly anticipated collaboration with former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, which debuted at the top of The New York Times bestseller list. Byrne holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and an undergraduate degree in English and political science from William Paterson College.
“As a longtime admirer of Peter’s work, I’m looking forward to helping the Institute spread his ideas and ideals to a new generation of global leaders,” said Byrne. “I think Peter would love the idea of using new technology to reach and touch people with his thinking in every corner of the world.”
Prior to moving to the West Coast to launch City Year Los Angeles in 2007, Graff-Weisner served as the national alumni director of the organization, which unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time community service. In addition to her involvement with City Year, Graff-Weisner has worked at numerous community development and educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad. After running parent involvement programs at 20 schools in the Bronx with Learning Leaders, a group that engages 10,000 volunteers in New York City schools, she helped oversee its program department. She also taught and ran an after-school program in Washington, D.C., during her year of national service with Public Allies. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
“As the leader of City Year Los Angeles, I am dedicated to the belief that young people can change the world if they are given the skills and experiences to do so,” Graff- Weisner said. “I am thrilled to be part of the Drucker Institute, with its track record of innovative thinking and practice around developing ethical leaders and managers. I believe the Drucker Institute has tremendous potential to help develop the next generation of young leaders.”