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Activism, Leadership & Purpose

Gilles Mesrobian

Professor and Principal at Red Queen Group

In addition to his role as a visiting faculty member of Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program Gilles is an affiliate consultant with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, a Certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource, and on the National Training Faculty for NeighborWorks America.  His credentials include over 30 years senior management experience in the non-profit arena, with over 20 years as an Executive Director. His consulting experience covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including governance training, organizational assessment, leadership development, executive leadership transition, executive search, strategic planning, retreats and trainings.

His interest in sustainability has extended to his consulting where he has worked with numerous organizations in the area of social and environmental justice. He has also facilitated numerous leadership training programs including the the New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leaders program, the Support Center’s Trajectory Leadership Program,, as well as the CT Council of Family Service Agency’s yearlong leadership program.

For this episode of the Impact Report, Bard MBA’s Kiana Cardwell speaks with Gilles about how his activism during the early days of the AIDS Epidemic shaped him as a leader and moved him toward a career in purpose-driven work.