Ziad K. Abdelnour is Founder, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in strategic corporate investments and co-Founder of Blackhawk Development Group LLC; a trading platform focusing on the financing of real estate, infrastructure and project finance properties throughout the US. Abdelnour has over 30-year experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies & serial entrepreneurs worth in aggregate over 20 billion dollars in the private equity, high yield bond, and distressed debt markets.Among others, he is also Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council; Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hawkstorm Global,a member of TIGER 21, and of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania & a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.
Abdelnour is author of the best-seller Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics and of the upcoming book Startup Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation to be out in May 2020.Today, Mr. Abdelnour continues to be featured in hundreds of media channels and publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.He was just recently been featured as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.
Grace O’Sullivan serves as Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships. She brings over a decade of expertise in higher education and creating impactful public-private partnerships. Grace’s efforts lead to efficient and win-win-win collaborations between corporations and the nation’s most innovative school, Arizona State University.
Grace designs and launches comprehensive engagements with Fortune 500 that span talent development, custom curriculum programs, R&D, real estate and global initiatives. Prior to this role, Grace advanced a portfolio of strategic health partnerships, including ASU’s flagship partners: Mayo Clinic, Dignity Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Valleywise Health and HonorHealth. In addition, she helped launch a set of connected health initiatives led by Nobel Laureate, Dr. Leland Hartwell at the ASU Biodesign Institute.
Grace also previously served as Executive Director and Chief of Staff for Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Enterprise at ASU. Earlier in her career, she served in leadership and research advancement roles at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, which represents the largest single investment in research infrastructure in Arizona.
As a native Phoenician, Grace has an entrenched passion for her community and has worked for numerous non-profits in education, civil rights, and animal welfare. She currently serves on the board of Terros Health, a nonprofit, integrated care provider with specialization in medical care, wellness interventions, trauma-informed mental health and addiction recovery. Grace is also an advisory board member for the Museum of Walking, an educational resource center committed to the advancement of walking as an art and mindfulness practice.
Grace earned her B.S. in Justice Studies and M.B.A. from Arizona State University and is a Certified Research Administrator. She lives in Phoenix and enjoys painting, traveling and practicing yoga with her husband, Ryan.
Melba J. Duncan is the Founder and President of The Duncan Group, Inc., a retained search and consulting firm. Since 1985, the firm has been advising global CEOs and corporate leaders regarding senior management support resources. The firm operates internationally, offering expertise in four practice areas: recruitment, organizational consulting, coaching and executive-level training for administrative staff, with a focus on C-suite strategic executive management assistants.
Ms. Duncan is also Founder and CEO of the Duncan Leadership Institute, which offers a targeted curriculum solution for multiple tiers of global administrative support staff. Ms. Duncan is the author of How to Succeed in Business as an Executive Assistant (Macmillan, 1990), and the classic, The New Executive Assistant: Advice for Succeeding as an Executive or Administrative Assistant (McGraw-Hill, 1997). She has also authored numerous articles, including the now-classic “The Case for Executive Assistants,” featured in the May 2011 Issue of the Harvard Business Review.
The Honorable, OD Harris serves as an elected official in the city of Chandler. Currently, Chandler is the 5th fastest growing city in America, home of the most fortune 100 companies in technology, the fastest place to become a millionaire, and runs a Billion plus budget. Councilman Harris is an accountant, a bestselling author, philanthropist, veteran, founder of Ready Set Go Foundation, and a US Veteran.