The Drucker Institute announced that Jody Greenstone Miller, the founder and chief executive of Business Talent Group, has joined its Board of Advisors.
Miller has an extraordinary range of experience in business, government, media, law and the nonprofit world. Business Talent Group, her lastest venture, is a Los Angeles-based firm that provides consultants and interim executives through a model that grew, in part, out of Peter Drucker’s writings on the knowledge worker.
“I am honored to be part of an institution that’s working so creatively to deepen the impact of Peter Drucker’s indispensable ideas,” Miller said. “There’s never been a time when effective management and ethical leadership are in greater need.”
Before launching BTG, Miller was a venture partner with Maveron, the Seattle-based venture capital firm founded by Howard Schultz, from 2000 to 2007. Before that, she served as executive vice president and later acting president and COO of Americast, the digital television partnership between Disney and the regional telephone companies. Miller also served in the White House as special assistant to President Bill Clinton, where she was deputy to David Gergen, counselor to the President.
Earlier in her career, she helped launch a successful documentary division for Time-Life Television; established Lehman Brothers’ first investment banking office in South Carolina; was selected as a White House Fellow and served in the Treasury Department under President George H. W. Bush; and was legal counsel to South Carolina Governor Richard Riley. Miller began her career as a lawyer at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York.
She currently serves on the board of directors of TRW and Capella Education Co., a leading accredited online university. She is also a co-founder and board member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. She has written (with her husband, Matt Miller) the November 2005 cover story for Fortune, “Get a Life!” about the relationship between companies and senior business talent, and an April 2004 New York Times Magazine article about the need for better healthcare solutions for independent consultants.
“Jody’s track record of success in all sectors—private, public and philanthropic—is positively Druckeresque,” said Bob Buford, chairman of the Drucker Institute, a campus-wide resource of Claremont Graduate University. “Her ability to help us understand a whole host of issues and to make connections to a wide range of people interested in our mission of stimulating effective management and ethical leadership will, no doubt, be invaluable.”
Miller joins a remarkable group of board members. In addition to Buford, a cable TV pioneer, author and chairman of the Buford Foundation, the board includes: John Bachmann, senior partner at the investment firm Edward Jones; John Byrne, executive editor of BusinessWeek; attorney Cecily Drucker, daughter of the late Peter Drucker; author, inventor and entrepreneur Doris Drucker, wife of the late Peter Drucker; Allison Graff-Weisner, executive director of City Year Los Angeles; 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; Seung-Woo Nam, chairman and CEO of Pulmuone Holdings Co. 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.
“We are thrilled to be adding Jody to our board,” said Rick Wartzman, director of the Drucker Institute. “She is among the brightest, most accomplished people I know—and her company has been built by applying Peter Drucker’s thinking on some of the fundamental changes roiling the 21st-century workplace. It couldn’t be a better fit.”