Tides Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Dr. Jason Wingard to its board. Dawson Thompson is a seasoned executive and lifelong advocate for women and girls. Wingard is a leading academic in the areas of leadership development, professional learning, and human capital management. Tides works at the nexus of funders and changemakers, crossing boundaries and leveraging tools and expertise, including the knowledge and skills of our board members, to help solve society’s toughest problems.
“We are thrilled to add diverse perspectives and talents to the Tides board,” said Tides Chair Tuti B. Scott. “Roslyn and Jason bring an understanding of new philanthropic mindsets, new networks, and new ways of thinking to the board. They will be strong ambassadors for Tides at a time when the organization is more committed than ever to working across boundaries and funding projects that can scale.”
Dawson Thompson is president & CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s foundation of the 120 women’s funds worldwide. She is also the immediate past board chair of the Women’s Funding Network, which represents women’s foundations globally. In 2011, Dawson Thompson moved from her 25-year career owning a national marketing communications firm to leading Dallas Women’s Foundation, where she had been a volunteer leader and donor since its inception. Under her leadership, the foundation has seen remarkable growth and undertaken ambitious strategic initiatives to impact women’s economic security and women’s leadership through research, grants, advocacy, and gendered investment of assets. Dawson Thompson also serves on the executive committee of Prosperity Together, an initiative of 27 public women’s foundations that have committed $100 million to advance women’s economic security in the U.S. over the next five years. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Dr. Wingard currently serves as dean and professor of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. In this role, he is responsible for the academic research, programming, and operational strategy and performance of the school’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and related centers and institutes. Prior to Columbia, Dr. Wingard served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, a multinational investment bank, where he led the strategy and implementation of thought leadership and management development solutions for the firm’s global workforce and clients. Previously, he served as vice dean of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he led Executive Education and oversaw one of the world’s largest providers of leadership development for corporate managers and executives. He also served as senior vice president of Regional Markets at ePals, Inc. and president & CEO of the ePals Foundation. ePals, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of school-safe collaborative learning products.
“With a new vision and direction, and a strong and diverse board, Tides is at a pivotal moment where we have the opportunity to grow our impact and build a future in shared prosperity and social justice,” said Tides CEO Kriss Deiglmeier.
The appointment of Dawson Thompson and Wingard brings the total number of Tides board directors to 15. Dawson Thompson and Wingard joined the board officially on January 1, 2018.