Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Dr. Dan Waite

Dr. Dan Waite is Executive Director of Intercultural Affairs, Chair of the International Studies Department, and a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, Irvine. In his current role as Executive Director of Intercultural Affairs he co-chairs Concordia’s Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution Initiatives. Dr. Waite has extensive research and program development experience in the fields of experiential learning, study abroad, and cross-cultural training. He has developed new models of curriculum and programming for urban service and project-based learning programs in the U.S., and helped establish innovative models of study abroad and global campuses in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Dr. Waite’s current research focuses on emerging models of active, experiential learning and the future of higher education. He is passionate about helping millennials develop the 21st century skills and competencies that can position them for impact in the workplace and society.

Samuel O.J. (“Jock”) Spivy

Experienced Entrepreneur, Executive, and Consultant in Media, Marketing, and Sales. Expert at managing and growing small companies and making successful corporate exits. Co-Founder of web consultancy Interactive Bureau who launched Discovery Channel, USA Today, The Guardian, and Bristol-Myers Squibb online. Strategy Consultant to TRONC, Advance, Hearst, Rogers Communications, other major groups. Executive at Time Magazine. Mentor, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Lecturer, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Columbia University School of Journalism, NYU Publishing Institute. BA, magna cum laude, Yale University. MA, Oxford University.

Peter David Gross

Peter David Gross is the Executive Director of Wheatstone Ministries, a nonprofit that invites youth into Christian adulthood. With over a decade of experience in youth ministry, he leads Wheatstone’s efforts to reform the American church’s relationship to youth. A proud graduate of Biola University and its Torrey Honors Institute, he designs Wheatstone’s rite of passage summer camps, and is the creator of Wheatstone’s training events for youth leaders: Christian Adulthood 101, Discussion for Transformation, Teach Them to Pray, From Duty to Discipleship, and Entering Culture Courageously.

Eli Weisman

Eli Weisman pairs his deep understanding of entertainment, media and technology with key opportunities for growth in the evolving media landscape. Eli’s current focus at the world’s leading entertainment agency, Trailer Park, includes devising digital strategy and launching entertainment properties for clients such as Spotify, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Apple, NBC Universal, Fox, and others. An Emmy award-winning Producer, Eli brings 20+ years experience in cross-platform entertainment marketing, user experience, design and technology delivery.

Eli has been a mentor at the American Film Institute’s Enhanced TV Forum and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group and Producers Guild of America. He is called upon often for his industry expertise as a speaker at AD WEEK, OMMA, NATPE, TV of Tomorrow.

Linda Srere

Linda J. Srere has served as a director of Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) since 2005. UTI is a for-profit nationwide provider of technical education training for students seeking careers in entry level automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Ms. Srere is a marketing and advertising consultant. From January 2000 to November 2001, she served as President of Young & Rubicam Advertising, a worldwide advertising network. From September 1998 to January 2000, Ms. Srere served as Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of Young & Rubicam, Inc. (“Y&R”). From January 1997 to September 1998, she served as President and CEO of Y&R’s New York office. Ms. Srere also served as a director of aQuantive, Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 2007. She currently sits on the Investor and Executive Council of Dcubed Group, a private market investment firm. Ms. Srere also serves on the Advisory Board of SOS Method, a meditation technology platform.