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Edie Weiner: Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture

Edie Weiner, President of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc.
Robert D. Gries keynote Lecture
Introduction by Ronald B. Richard, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
2012 Annual Meeting of the Cleveland Foundation
June 19, 2012

Edie Weiner

Edie Weiner presented the Robert D. Gries keynote lecture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Cleveland Foundation. She is president of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc., a leading futurist consulting group. Formed in 1977, WEB has served more than 400 clients (corporate, academic, government) in identifying opportunities in the areas of marketing, product development, strategic planning, investments, human resources, and public affairs. Clients have ranged from the U.S. Congress to many of the Fortune 500. She is acknowledged as one of the most influential practitioners of social, technological, political and economic intelligence-gathering.

At 29, Ms. Weiner was the youngest outside woman ever elected to a corporate board. She has been a guest lecturer at Wharton, Harvard, the U.S. Army War College, and a number of other universities. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Harvard Business Review, the Futurist, and the Wall Street Journal. She has co-authored four books with her partner Arnold Brown: “Supermanaging,” “Office Biology,” “Insider’s Guide to the Future,” and “FutureThink.” She has keynoted more than 300 conferences.

Throughout the 1990s, she founded and chaired the Esteem Teams, an innovative program in which dozens of inner city, at risk girls were mentored by executive women.

She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards, including the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, Women’s Leadership Exchange, and the SyFy Channel. In the past, she has been on the board or advisory board of the José Limón Dance Foundation (chair), UNUM Corporation, First Unum Corp., CompUSA, the Fashion Group International, ThinkQuest New York City (chair), Boardroom Inc., Independent Agents & Brokers of New York, and the Women’s Forum. Ms. Weiner is a member of the Women’s Forum, a co-founder of the Belizean Grove, the first recipient of the Fashion Group International’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1998), NOW New York’s 2011 Woman of Power and Influence Award, and the World Future Society’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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