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Penny George, PsyD

Penny Pilgram George is a leader in the national movement to transform medicine and healthcare through the principles and practices of integrative medicine. As co-founder of Sellergren-George Consulting Psychologists and veteran of two well-respected local firms before that, Dr. George specialized for more than twenty years in helping senior executives select for and build high-performing teams. Her talent for developing leaders for diverse organizational cultures has been directly relevant to her work in philanthropy.

Dr. George is co-founder of the Bravewell Collaborative, a national collaboration of philanthropists dedicated to advancing the principles and practice of integrative medicine. She also co-founded what is now known as the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the George Institute is the largest hospital-based integrative medicine program in the country.

Her leadership in philanthropy has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Compass, the journal of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. With her husband Bill, she received the Service Beyond Self Award from the Rotary Club of Minneapolis. In the past two years, Dr. George has been a featured speaker at Georgia Tech/Emory University Predictive Health Institute, the Institute of Medicine and the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing.

Penny George received her bachelorís degree in English (Phi Beta Kappa) from Duke University, her masterís degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.


William W. George

Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he recently published True North Groups.

Mr. George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. George currently serves as director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Mayo Clinic and also served on the board of Novartis and Target Corporation. He is currently a trustee of the World Economic Forum USA and Guthrie Theater and a former Trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has served as board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS; "Executive of the Year-2001" by the Academy of Management; and "Director of the Year-2001-02" by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio and his articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous publications.

Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Bryant University, and University of St. Thomas. During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management.


Gayle M. Ober

Gayle Ober is the executive director of the George Family Foundation where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the grantmaking process, advising and assisting the Trustees in meeting their grantmaking goals and serving as the Foundationís first point of contact to the community.

Most recently, Ober was the director of Classical Music Programming for American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio (APM/MPR). APM/MPR is the largest producer of classical music broadcast content and brings award-winning programs to more than 4.2 million people each week. Prior to joining APM/MPR she served as the director of Arts, Culture and Entertainment for the City of Saint Paul in Mayor Randy Kellyís administration and was the executive director of the Dale Warland Singers from 2000 to 2005.

Ober serves the non-profit community through her present and past service on a variety of boards and committees including the Mardag Foundation, Chorus America, Childrenís Home Society and Family Services, The Saint Paul Foundation, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and others.

Gayle Ober holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota and a masterís of non-profit management degree from Hamline University. She lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota with her family.


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