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Frances Hesselbein

FRANCES HESSELBEIN One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh introduced The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Academy’s aim is to produce experienced and ethical leaders who will address critical national and international issues and advance positive social and economic initiatives throughout the world. Also in 2009 she began a 2-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this chair.

Mrs. Hesselbein serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and the Bright China Social Fund. She served as the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for Volunteers of America from 2002–2006.

Mrs. Hesselbein has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from organizations including the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, ATHENA International, International Leadership Association, and Best Practice Institute. The United States Military Academy named her a Senior Leader at the National Conference on Ethics in America and in 2007, Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship by Fulbright New Zealand. Mrs. Hesselbein was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Award in 2003.

Mrs. Hesselbein is the recipient of twenty-three honorary doctoral degrees. She is editor-in-chief of the award-winning quarterly journal Leader to Leader and is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty-nine languages. Mrs. Hesselbein has traveled to sixty-eight countries representing the United States. She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership, My Life in Leadership and most recently, More Hesselbein on Leadership.

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THE FRANCES HESSELBEIN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute furthers its mission to strengthen and inspire the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government by connecting the public, private and social sectors with curated resources and relationships to serve, evolve and lead together. By fostering leadership grounded in

  • the passion to serve 
  •  the discipline to listen
  • the courage to question
  • and the spirit to include

the Hesselbein Institute works to create an open, responsive, global social sector.

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Bruce Rosenstein
Managing Editor
Bruce Rosenstein was named Managing Editor of Leader to Leader in April 2011. He has written for the journal twice previously, as well as for the special Leader to Leader Institute 15th anniversary publication, Shine a Light, in 2005.

He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009). The book was also published in Japan in 2011 and in Brazil in 2010. The foreword was written by Frances Hesselbein, the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute's President and CEO.

Bruce worked for USA TODAY newspaper for 21 years, until late 2008, as a researcher in the News section and a writer about business and management books for the Money section. He has also written for such publications as Leadership Excellence, GAMA International Journal, American Executive, Information Outlook and ONLINE.

He wrote extensively about Drucker for more than a decade, for USA TODAY and elsewhere, before the publication of his book. He conducted one of the last interviews with Drucker, seven months before his death, in 2005.

Since 1996, he has also taught as a lecturer at The Catholic University of America's School of Library and Information Science in Washington, D.C.

He has a BA from The American University, and a MSLS from The Catholic University of America's School of Library and Information Science.

For more on Bruce Rosenstein's publications and blog, visit brucerosenstein.com/ 


Peter Economy
Associate Editor
Peter Economy has served as Associate Editor of Leader to Leader, the award-winning journal of the Leader to Leader Institute, since 2001. He is also a best-selling author, co-author, or ghostwriter of more than 55 books including The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company, Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra, Managing For Dummies, Creating an Orange Utopia: Eliza Lovell Tibbetts and the Birth of California's Citrus Industry, The Management Bible, and many more. Peter coauthors the popular Venture Edge blog with Kathleen Allen (www.theventureedge.com), and he has written articles for a number of magazines, including Gallup Management Journal, Leader to Leader, and Sailing World. Visit his website at www.petereconomy.com.

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