John T. Allen, Jr.
graduated in 1961 from Williams College, cum laude, with highest honors
in English, and with a double major in Spanish. An Alfred P. Sloan
Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa member, he also captained the swimming team.
He earned his LL.B. in 1964 at the Law School of Harvard University,
participating in Voluntary Defenders, Choate Moot Court Club, and
Lincoln's Inn. A Fulbright Scholarship permitted post-graduate studies
of civil law at the University of Ecuador in Quito.
law in Illinois since 1964, he is admitted to the Trial Bar of the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United
States Supreme Court. He chaired the International and Foreign Law and
Agri-Business Committees of the Chicago Bar Association, and is a
member of the Lawyers Club of Chicago.
Public service includes alderman in the City of Evanston, director of the Union
League Club of Chicago and president and director of the International Trade
Club of Chicago. As Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Export Council he helped
Lieutenant Governor George Ryan create the Illinois sponsored Shared Foreign
Sales Corporation and the Illinois World Trade Center (of which he was a
founding director). He served as President and Trustee of the Library of
International Relations, as a Governing Member of The Orchestral Association of
Chicago, and as a member of the Board of Overseers of IIT Chicago-Kent College
of Law. He founded the weekly free legal clinic at the Technology Innovation
Center in Evanston, Illinois. He served on the Illinois Board of Higher
Education International Education Act Policy Study Committee and the Illinois
International Career Academy Advisory Council.
He founded the Law Office of John T. Allen, P.C., in November, 2000, where he
currently engages in general corporate and civil litigation practice. As General
Attorney of the United States Gypsum Company, he helped establish its legal
department. He has represented transnational business clients for many years,
principally in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, extending to the
diplomatic level for the Kingdom of Spain. Devoting substantial time to
entrepreneurial start-up technology companies, he established free weekly legal
clinics at the Northwestern/ Evanston Technology Innovation Center and at the
Chicago Technology Center. These clinics identify and address legal issues which
may determine entrepreneurial business success. In part, the clinics led to a
new entrepreneurial law course which he helped establish at the Law School of
André Martinelli, Principal, Blue Ridge Partners, has
advised several renewable energy and energy efficiency start-ups and
non-profits in the areas of commercialization, market strategy, and
product development strategy. He serves on the Advisory Board of the
Clean Energy Trust in Chicago. André led the Drug Delivery Systems
franchise at Baxter Healthcare, where he directed innovation, lifecycle
management, and commercialization activities for his team of 25
engineers, designers, and marketers. As a consultant with the global
management consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, he advised numerous
senior executive teams from Fortune 500 companies on their most
pressing strategic, operational, and organizational challenges.
André earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and
graduated with a degree in Economics from Harvard College, where he was admitted
into Phi Beta Kappa. André is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Lisa Walker, Founder and Managing Director of Leadership
Capital Advisors, a boutique retained executive search firm where she has
built the revenue, infrastructure, and managed entrepreneurial growth. Prior to
founding this business, Ms. Walker was a senior partner with Korn/Ferry
International and a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles. At Korn/Ferry, Ms.
Walker's entrepreneurial skills were tested as she initiated, built and led the
Global Sustainability practice including co-authoring three white papers,
coordinating a global team, driving brand positioning, and delivering
incremental revenue in new markets. She repeated the practice development when
she initiated the Global Agribusiness practice at Korn/Ferry before embarking on
Walker has been named one of President Obama's "Champions of Change,"
as part of the Administration's "Winning the Future" initiative. This
initiative highlights change makers and innovators who embody the President's
vision for America's future. Lisa was selected for this honor because of her
work as a mentor with startup energy companies who work with the Clean Energy
where she serves on the Advisory Board.
With two decades of experience in executive search as well as in
senior roles within the industrial marketplace, Ms. Walker leads general
management and key functional searches for clients seeking marketing, strategy,
business development, technology and operations expertise. She specializes in
commercialization roles and has built her reputation identifying talent with an
emphasis on performance, potential and cultural fit.
Prior to entering executive search, Ms. Walker was with BP Amoco
PLC, Air BP, as Chief Marketing Officer, managing all marketing aspects of the
international jet fuel business. Previously, Ms. Walker worked with Amoco
Corporation, holding positions as Director of Strategic Planning and Director of
Marketing Strategy. Earlier in her career, she utilized her engineering
operations background at Honeywell Corporation, working in design and
manufacturing with their solid state electronics division in Colorado Springs
Ms. Walker began her career as a management consultant with A.T.
Kearney and Bain & Company in strategy, marketing and operations in their
Chicago office. She currently serves on the board of the Chicago Children's
Museum and on the Women's Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Walker
earned her Master's of Business Administration in finance and economics from the
University of Chicago, and her Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from
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