Driving Force Group

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Passion. Experience. Diligence.

 
 

Leadership 

 

Principal

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Jenny Goldstock Wright

Jenny is the Founder and CEO of Driving Force Group.  Jenny works with clients on how to most effectively and efficiently donate their charitable dollars through partnerships with existing entities, the creation of a Donor Advised Fund or Sponsored Project, or when necessary and appropriate, creating a new public charity or private foundation. While Jenny works with corporations, foundations, and wealthy individuals, a significant portion of her work is done with professional athletes and professional sports leagues. The backbone of that work is educating both new and existing philanthropists, and those surrounding the philanthropists, on the P.E.E.R.S (Participatory, Efficient, Effective, Replicable and Sustainable) model of philanthropy she identified.  This includes ensuring the philanthropists understand the nuance of IRS governance and industry best practices. Coupled with educating clients and creating a philanthropic plan, Jenny acts as the liaison between the donors and recipients; identifying nonprofit organizations and strong leaders, dissecting programs, leadership, success rates and replication possibilities.

As a direct Program Consultant, Jenny also performs crisis management within leadership, strategic planning for organizational growth, and creates opportunities for organizations and leaders to work in collaboration with one another and ready the organization for corporate and foundation dollars.

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Ed.M, 1996

SKIDMORE COLLEGE
B.A., 1993

Principal

Geoffrey Walker

Geoff Walker is the lead for consultant for all event production and marketing for Driving Force Group clients.

He began his professional career in 1997 in Boston, Massachusetts as a member of Merrill Lynch’s Premier Financial Advisory Group-“The Atwood Group”. The group managed over $1.5 Billion in assets. He was responsible for the asset allocation and diversification strategies for employees exercising their corporate stock option plans.  He relocated from Boston to Los Angeles in 2000 and managed an investment portfolio consisting of a diverse group of high net-worth individuals, corporations, non-profit organizations, entertainment executives, professional athletes, executives of Los Angeles NBA Franchises and business managers at leading entertainment agencies. In 2002 Merrill Lynch selected him for their Global investment campaign, where he was the featured Financial Advisor in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Barron’s, Forbes and other national publications.  

Philanthropy has been a driving force in his life. In 2002, he created the “Home for the Holiday’s Toy Drive & Fundraiser”. Over the past 14 years, Los Angeles based non-profit organizations have been the beneficiaries of his events: A Place Called Home www.apch.org. Los Angeles Food Bank www.losangelesfoodbank.org , PADRES Contra El Cancer (Parent’s Against Cancer) www.iamhope.org , Athletes vs. Cancer, Downtown Women’s Center www.downtownwomenscenter.org hosted by actors from HBO & CBS and athletes in the NBA.  

Geoff is a proud board member of New York Yankee Legend, Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation www.turn2foundation.org. Together, with the Turn2 foundation leadership, they established The Derek Jeter Siena College Scholarship a $250,000 scholarship grant program for students who participate in the Jeters Leaders Program in Kalamazoo, MI and New York, NY.

Outside of Event Production he works closely with brands looking to increase their sales and distribution. He has created successful partnerships and collaborations with brands such as Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 Jewelry, Kendall & Kylie Jenner’s Metal Haven Jewelry, Paige Premium Denim and True Religion Brand Jeans. He has developed partnerships and collaborations with global retailers, Amazon.com, Disney, Macy’s, Zappos.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks 5th Ave and Neiman Marcus. He is respected for his ability to find the value proposition for each brand and increase their revenue and growth needs based on each company’s goals.   

Geoff grew up in Kalamazoo, MI. He received his bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Siena College in 1997. He was an All-Conference MAAC selection, 4 year starter, Captain, 3-Time MVP, of the Division 1 Basketball Program. He resides in Los Angeles, CA. In his free-time he is Asst. Varsity Basketball Coach at Loyola High School.


Operations

Associate

Jonas Fester

Jonas Fester has worked with Jenny Goldstock Wright for the past decade on a number of projects. He has served in many capacities including Program Director, Webmaster, Financial officer, and as a consultant on many projects. He currently is assisting in managing financial operations and media for Driving Force Group. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and his M.S. in Management from The Catholic University of America


Projects

Yetunde Price Resource Center- COO

Sharoni Denis Little, Ph.D, Ed.D

Dr. Sharoni Denise Little is an Organizational Strategist, Educator, and Non-Profit Executive.  She is the CEO of The Strategist Company, LLC, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in organizational leadership, global communication and inclusion, and social justice and equity. 

Dr. Little earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. She also received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Communication from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Little’s research centers on educational and organizational leadership, social justice, equity, and power, global communication, as well as, learning outcomes and academic success. She has received several excellence in teaching and research awards, and is working on her forthcoming book, Perpetual Surveillance: The Intense Scrutiny of Black Men.

Huddle Up - Program Manager, Kansas City

Dr. Shelley Cooper 

Dr. Shelley J Cooper founded Diversity Telehealth in 2014, a telemedicine consulting firm that specializes in bringing healthcare to underserved populations in diverse communities. Located in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, Diversity Telehealth has formed relationships with area healthcare and civic organizations that are attempting to revitalize a culturally rich, but underserved groups within its urban core.   

Dr. Cooper is a 25-year veteran educator who became interested in continuing her dedication to service by studying telemedicine and earning her Doctorate degree in 2014. Her dissertation, “Opinion Leaders’ Perspective of the Benefits and Barriers in Telemedicine: A Grounded Theory Study of Telehealth in the Midwest” laid the foundation for the establishment of Diversity Telehealth. Dr. Cooper is President of Jack and Jill of America Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She has been a member of the organization in several servant leader capacities since 2002.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
Diversity Telehealth, LLC (CEO) – Telemedicine/telehealth consulting, 2014-present
St. Agnes School, Roeland Park, Kansas – Computer Applications Instructor 2001-2016
University of Missouri-Kansas City – Adjunct Instructor, winter 2013 - winter 2015
Kansas City Missouri School District’s State Technology Planning Committee, 2011
Argentine Middle School, Kansas City, Kansas – Computer Applications Instructor, 1996-2001
St. Monica Elementary School, Kansas City, Missouri – Third Grade Teacher, 1994-1996
Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Missouri – Summer Enrichment Program, 1993-1995
Kansas City Missouri School District, Paraprofessional and Substitute Teacher, 1991-1993
Corporate Experience:
Sprint, Overland Park, Kansas, Human Resources & Accounting Department, 1985-1990
Commerce Bancshares, Kansas City, Missouri, Officer Trainee and Inroads Intern, 1979-1985

EDUCATION
Doctorate of Education, Emphasis area-Telemedicine Adoption, Nova SE University 2014 (3.9 GPA)
University of Arizona – Telemedicine Training, spring 2012
University of Kansas – Telemedicine Center – Job Shadow and Observations, summer 2012
Master of Arts in Teaching, St. Mary University, Leavenworth, Kansas 1998 (4.0 GPA)
Teaching License, Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri 1994 (4.0 GPA)
MBA courses, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri 1988
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Missouri – Columbia 1983

PUBLICATIONS 

Cooper, S.J. (2015). Opinion leaders’ perspective of the benefits and barriers in telemedicine: A grounded theory study of telehealth in the Midwest.  Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Volume 16(1), 2015, pp. 25-53.

Cooper, S.J. (2012). Strategic Planning of Distance Learning Implementation within the Kansas City, Missouri School District. The Journal of Distance Learning 

1998 Master’s Thesis, A Historical Perspective of School Choice and the Voucher System in the United States. St. Mary University, Leavenworth, Kansas

Huddle Up - Program Manager, Baltimore

Nicole Chang

Nicole Chang was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Her family relocated to Baltimore, MD as a small child.  Nicole studied Psychology and Business at Coppin State University and the University of New Orleans.  Deriving from a family centered in hard work and education. Instantly put her education to work, as well as her humanity.  As a result, Nicole relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she became the Executive Director of Excel Academy, an Alternative high school for adjudicated youth was able to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

During her work in some of the most violent neighborhoods it became evident to her that poverty alone is the most significant risk factors among disenfranchised youth. However it has  been proven that if you provide a child with stability, structure, a positive image, resources, opportunity and love then the chances of survival and success have increased exponentially because of the resilience and cultural integrity gained from enduring such an environment.  This is why in her spare time Nicole can be seen leading roundtable discussions, advocating for our youth, fighting for change, actively communicating with legislators, or literally helping to restoring our communities.


Board of Directors

President

Jonathan Hodge - UBS Wealth Advisor, Senior VP

Jonathan earned a B.S. in economics from Boston University.  He initially thought there was no better place to apply his economics background as well as his enjoyment for meeting new people than the financial services industry.  Since then, he has realized that he does more than help people make the right decision about their investments.  He helps individuals and families make the right choices for themselves and future generations.

Today, Jonathan takes a full-service approach to wealth management.  The team typically places themselves in the middle of each client’s sphere of influence to ensure that their investment recommendations are suitable to their client’s long-term goals.  Jonathan is primarily responsible for trading/execution, client reviews and general management of daily activities. Jonathan’s clients are affluent individuals and families. He focuses on estate planning and wealth transfer, charitable trusts and foundations, and individual retirement plans for sole proprietors and small businesses.

Jonathan is the Chairman of Leadership for, A Place Called Home and serves as an Advisory Board Member for, Lunch LA. He also holds his Series 7.63 and 65 Securities Licenses and is Wealth Advisory Accredited.

Treasurer

Brian Davis - CPA

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting was just the beginning of Brian Davis’ career, but it was also a sign of future resolve.   Mr. Davis’ distinguished 20 years in public accounting and consulting has made clear that drive and character are the cornerstones of success.

Brian advanced at a rapid pace throughout his career, continually demonstrating the distinctive qualities that make for a true leader – honesty, intelligence, charisma and an unbelievable work ethic.  These values served him well as he worked for some of the most recognized Firms in the industry; later culminating in his founding of ClearView Group.    

As the Managing Director and CEO of ClearView Group, Brian is responsible for providing the vision, cultivating opportunities, and creating an environment that makes the Firm the destination of choice for the very best talent in the profession.  ClearView is a firm founded on the guiding principles of transparency and superior performance. The unwavering adherence to these values allows the Firm to develop devoted client relationships by performing at a level that exceeds Clients’ every expectation.

Brian is actively involved in the community at-large, and sits on boards of a number of local and national organizations; including Driving Force Group, the Towson University Accounting Advisory Board, Turning Point America PAC, and Howard Bank.   Additionally, he is active in a number of trade related associations; including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Secretary

Christopher Davis - Partner, Miles & Stockbridge

Mr. Davis is a principal in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Miles & Stockbridge P.C., and advises businesses and individuals in a general corporate and tax transactional practice. He regularly assists business clients with entity formation, tax-based planning, merger and acquisition transactions, leveraged buy-outs, venture capital and private equity transactions, and internal reorganizations. He has an active practice representing tax exempt organizations including public and private foundations, charitable organizations, hospitals, educational institutions and governmental agencies, and regularly donates his time to local and national nonprofit organizations.  Mr. Davis received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University Of Baltimore School Of Law, where he was the Business Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review.  Mr. Davis graduated manga cum laude from Bucknell University. He is a member of the American and Maryland Bar Association.

Members

Morgan Cato - Senior Manager Early Career Development, HR, at NBA

Morgan Cato has dedicated her career to providing the full scope of Human Resource services in the Non-Profit, Banking, Consulting and Sport/Entertainment industries.

Her passion for guiding talented professionals in advancing and developing their careers have led her to work for various Fortune 500 companies as an HR Professional. Morgan has 10+ years of HR experience which include campus recruiting and HR management roles at Comunilife, Inc., Lehman Brothers and the Developmental Disabilities Institute. In her more recent years she joined the global Accounting firm, Ernst & Young, LLC as a Supervising Associate Campus Recruiter. There, she led the Advisory/Consulting recruiting efforts for the Financial Services practice in New York City. In addition, she was the Diversity & Inclusiveness recruiting leader for the national Financial Services Sub-Area where she was responsible for hiring college students from top ranking schools around the country.  

Morgan is presently the Team Lead for Early Career Development, HR with the National Basketball Association (NBA). Here, she oversees talent management and development for junior-level talent for the organization, working with players, recent college graduates, students, universities and diversity organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Africa, China, and Asia. She is an alumna of Stony Brook University where she obtained both her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and her Masters in Human Resources Management. Morgan additional serves as a board member with Stony Brook University’s Alumni Association and is an Executive board member with the university’s Black and Latino Alumni Network.

James Anderson - National Football League, Linebacker

James Anderson, is a ten year veteran with the National Football League (NFL). Anderson has spent the bulk of his career with The Carolina Panthers, but has also played for The Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints.

A Chesapeake, VA native, Anderson graduated from Virginia Tech. Anderson remained at the top of his class each year, graduating with honors and receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art in 2005 and a Master of Science Degree in Education, Health and Physical Education in 2006. A distinguished scholar and leader on the football field, Anderson was recognized with the Weaver James Corrigan Scholar Athlete Honorary Award and the Gator Bowl Scholar Athlete Award in 2006, along with an invitation to play in the East West Shrine All-Star Game. Anderson was drafted in the 3rd Round as the 88th pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2006.

Other Highlight

• Power 100 ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek Magazine 100 most influential athletes

• Formation of “Read Like a Pro”, a literacy initiative teaming up with Scholastic, Inc. to promote the importance of literacy, by providing over 12,000 books to underserved youth in Charlotte, North Carolina and Chesapeake,Virginia.

• President, Driving Force Group, a non-for-profit organization that houses sponsored projects and Donor Advised Funds and educates new and veteran philanthropists on current trends, best practices, IRS governance and a strategy for giving charitably, and creating legacies through philanthropy.