Christian M.L. Bonat

Christian M.L. Bonat is Vice President and Counsel for the Defense Systems & Services unit of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.  Previously, he served as General Counsel for ACADEMI, and Deputy General Counsel and Senior Counsel at the US Department of Defense.

Mr. Bonat was a U.S. Navy Officer for a decade, serving as a Naval Aviator and strategic planner.  He has served on the Board of the US Naval Institute and has published papers on defense, legal, and cultural issues.  He earned a BS from the US Naval Academy and an MA and law degree from Georgetown University.


Dr. Lance C. Buhl

Lance Buhl trained as an American historian at Harvard.  He taught at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Cleveland State University, where he was Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences and where he founded the Center for Effective Learning.  He served as a consultant to colleges and universities on faculty development and served as a grants officer and executive director of corporate philanthropy at BP America.  After a 10-year engagement as an evaluation and program consultant in philanthropy to over 60 foundations and nonprofits, he became Deputy Director of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University.


Erik C. Harris

Eric Harris is responsible for the Commercial Team at Crescendo Bioscience.  This includes Marketing, Sales, Managed Care, Customer Service and Business Development.  Prior to joining Crescendo, he was employed as an executive at InterMune, Elan, Genentech and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Mr. Harris began his career as a Mission Commander of the US Navy’s primary maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.  He later became a Congressional Fellow and Intern for the Secretary of Defense.  He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School.


Anthony C. Hooper

Tony Hooper is executive vice president of Global Commercial Operations for Amgen, a biotechnology company that uses science and innovation to discover, develop and commercialize human therapeutics to extend and enhance the lives of patients with serious illnesses.  With a successful biopharmaceutical career spanning more than 30 years, Tony has been privileged to witness and help advance some of the most exciting medical breakthroughs of our time.  Prior to joining Amgen, he served in senior roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wyeth Laboratories and Lederle International.  He assumed his first general management role for Lederle Laboratories in South Africa in 1987.  He earned law and MBA degrees from the University of South Africa.

Dr. Christopher B. Howard

Dr. Christopher Howard, the founder of IYL, is president of Robert Morris University, near Pittsburgh.  Previously he served as President of Hampden-Sydney College.  A distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Dr. Howard is a Rhodes Scholar who earned his Doctorate at Oxford University and his MBA at Harvard.  He is a retired Air Force colonel who received a bronze star for his service in Afghanistan.  

Dr. Howard is a Regent at Baylor University, a Board member of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and of the Olmstead Foundation.  He has worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb and General Electric and is currently a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. For more information about Dr. Howard's Office of the President at Robert Morris University, click here


Gary A. Kraut

Gary A. Kraut is chairman of Impact Young Lives Foundation.  He is also chairman of Future First USA and president of G.A. Kraut Company Inc., an investor relations counseling firm he started in 1969.  Gary founded or co-founded a number of commercial and non-profit ventures including The Professors Fund at Boston University, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, and GovernanceMetrics.  A Boston University graduate, he has served on a variety of non-profit boards.


Sonia Jackson Myles

Sonia Jackson Myles is Founder of The Sister Accord Global Movement and author of “The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To LOVE Your Sister.”  Before launching The Sister Accord as a full-time position, she served as an executive at Ford Motor Company, Gillette and Procter & Gamble.  Her last corporate role was Global Packaging & Purchasing at Proctor & Gamble where she was responsible for a $6 billion annual budget.  

Sonia holds BS and MBA degrees from Florida A&M University, and is a member of the University’s School of Business & Industry Hall of Fame. She serves as a board member for The Matlet Group and Fresh Start Beverage Company.  Among numerous citations, she was named one of Essence Magazine’s “Women of Power” and Bloomberg’s History Makers.” 


Damon Young

Damon Young is Director, Finance, for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, whose mission is to help reduce health disparities around the world.  Damon is responsible for the financial management of the Foundation’s $30 million budget.  Damon, a CPA, began his career at Deloitte.  He then joined Bristol-Myers Squibb as an internal auditor.  He holds a BS from St. John’s University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.