Session 1 Speakers

Cable Clarke, President of Clarke Consulting

Cable Clarke is the President of Clarke Consulting in Washington, DC. Clarke Consulting is an international consulting firm, founded in 1982, that facilitates cultural change: offering solutions for effective leadership, developing productive and cohesive teams, and ensuring that organizational structures promote productivity.

Cable specializes in implementing leadership development programs and cultural change initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Over the past sixteen years, he has enabled organizational transformation by implementing constructive thinking styles and strategies for individuals, teams, and organizations. Changing the way individuals and organizations think about the behaviors they encourage and reward is the foundation of Cable’s work. He has assisted organizations in aligning their philosophies and strategic directions with compatible internal systems, structures, technologies, and skills to build constructive cultures that enhance individual and organizational effectiveness. He has worked collaboratively with senior leaders in diverse industries, including several Fortune 50 companies, to initiate strategies that increase the constructive impact leaders have on their organizations.

In 2000, Cable used his consulting experience to design a systematic approach to understanding, implementing, and selling the Human Synergistics International product line. Two years later, Cable took on the responsibility of Lead Trainer, and developed a comprehensive certification program to teach both internal and external consultants the theory and methodology of the Human Synergistic System for Individual and Organizational Change.

Cable’s clients include numerous departments of the US Navy, IBM, JP Morgan, Microsoft, Siemens, GE, YUM Restaurants International, FEMA, IRS, and various other small to very large clients. For one Fortune 50 manufacturing company, Cable’s involvement stimulated a cultural shift that effected dramatic increases in productivity and employee satisfaction; the new culture empowered the company to achieve financial results unsurpassed in its history.

From 2003 – 2010, Cable was an instructor for the Leadership Analysis seminar at the Dow Leadership Center of Hillsdale College. Leadership Analysis is an investigation of individual traits and performance compared to world-class benchmarks of effective leadership.

Daniel M. Kerns, Jr., Head of School, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

Daniel M. Kerns, Jr. is the Head of School at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a position he has held since 1989. Founded in 1799, Georgetown Visitation is the oldest school for young women in the original thirteen colonies and has been intricately involved in American Catholic history. Mr. Kerns has spent his entire professional career in Catholic education. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Visitation’s Assistant Head and Academic Dean and before that he was a teacher and principal at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda, MD.

Born in Upstate New York, Mr. Kerns graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a BA in History and earned a Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University. He has held leadership positions on a number of committees focused on educational issues, at both the local and national level. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and was the Vice Chair for three years. Mr. Kerns was also the President of the NCEA Secondary Schools Committee and has been President of both the elementary and the secondary Schools Principal Association in the Archdiocese of Washington and served on the Board of Trustees of Independent Education, an Association of private schools in the greater Washington area. He has also been involved with a number of nonprofit community and outreach organizations including serving as a founding Board Member of the Capital partners for education, the Washington area largest private scholarship service.

Bill Spack, AIA, Principal, cox graae + spack architects

William Spack AIA is a partner of cox graae + spack architects and has been with the firm (formerly KressCox Associates) since 1986. An Architect licensed in the District of Columbia, he has over 33 years of experience that includes local and national award-winning architectural design. Mr. Spack is well versed in project leadership with particular emphasis on creating architecture in support of multi-faceted institutional programs.

As a founding Principal of cox graae + spack architects, Bill is committed to the firm’s principles of design excellence. He excels in his ability to create high quality, beautiful and sustainable projects that reflect and celebrate the values and culture of each unique client. He has earned a reputation as a careful listener who understands the special culture of each client while remaining sensitive to each project’s broader context. He is dedicated to forming strong partnerships with his clients, their constituents and their communities in service of provoking positive change. Throughout his professional career, Bill has been a recognized leader in the architectural community and a highly respected representative of his chosen profession.

Thomas Luebke, FAIA, Secretary, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA)

Thomas Luebke has served since 2005 as the Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the federal design review agency for the nation’s capital. As the executive director of the agency, he produced the 2013 book, Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and he initiated and guided the Monumental Core Framework Plan, 2009, a major federal planning effort to extend the commemorative core of the National Mall, in cooperation with the National Capital Planning Commission. Mr. Luebke also represents the Commission of Fine Arts as a member of the National Capital Memorials Advisory Commission and the National Council of the Arts and Humanities.

An architect with experience in planning and historic preservation in both public and private sectors, Luebke served previously as the City Architect for Alexandria, Virginia. In the private sector, Mr. Luebke’s professional focus was as a designer on institutional, commercial, and high-rise projects. He served previously as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, an urban design forum sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to his work on Civic Art, Luebke is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics such as the design of Washington, DC; the history of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and the design of commemorative works, for such institutions as the National Building Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the International Fulbright Committee.

Luebke is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and he graduated with a master in architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was a teaching fellow in architectural history. He served as president of the board of the Washington Architectural Foundation, a non-profit organization of architects serving the Washington, DC community. Mr. Luebke was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011, and was honored with the Institute’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture in 2015.

Ron B. Lewis, Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E

Ron Lewis is the chair of ANC 2E, a neighborhood advisory commission that serves the Georgetown and Burleith communities. He is in his fifth two–year term as an ANC commissioner. Ron practiced law for many years as a partner in a D.C. law firm, with a particular interest in negotiation. He has also held legal and policy positions in the federal government, in business, and in philanthropy. Ron and his wife Anne, an architect, and their family have lived for many years in Georgetown.

Jeffrey Helsing, Acting Vice President,Academy for International Conflict Management & Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace

Jeffrey Helsing is the Acting Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Helsing directs the education and training work at USIP and oversees the content of USIP’s education and training programs as well as curriculum development in the United States and in conflict zones abroad. Helsing has over two decades of conflict resolution training globally, particularly in the Middle East. He has worked around the world training diplomats, educators, NGO workers, university students and young leaders in developing conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights, and communication and facilitation skills. He has 20 years of experience as an educator, including teaching at the American University in Cairo, George Washington University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Helsing has taught a broad range of international relations subjects, including conflict resolution, human rights, comparative foreign policies, American foreign policy and international relations theory. He has written articles on conflicts in the Middle East and co-edited a book on the links between human rights, humanitarian law, and peacebuilding, as well as written articles and delivered numerous conference papers on the impact of education policies and projects in conflict zones.

Helsing holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.