Guest Faculty

We are delighted to bring some of the very best and brightest leaders for social change in as guest faculty for the Powerful Leadership for Social Change Course:

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Nadim Matta

Nadim leads the Rapid Results Institute, a small not-for-profit organization with a global reach.  The Institute is engaged in work in Nepal, Brazil, Iraq, Sudan, the UK, and the US.  Each engagement involves partnering with an awesome organization to help solve a big, hairy, audacious problem.

The Institute pioneered the use of the Rapid Results Approach to accelerate social change.  This involves helping local leaders, communities and teams make meaningful change happen in 100 days.

Nadim was recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012.  He was also honored with the Donaldson Fellowship by the Yale School of Management in 2012 and 2013.

Before shifting his focus to non-profit work, Nadim was Managing Partner at Schaffer Consulting, a fifty year old management and consulting firm that works with leadership teams in major corporations on driving change and accelerating strategy execution.  He has published more than a dozen articles in academic journals, including feature articles in the Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Nadim grew up in Lebanon. He worked for the U.S. Agency of International Development in Beirut, where he oversaw the implementation of USAID’s relief and rehabilitation program during the Lebanese civil war.  He also worked for Save the Children Federation, where he led the design and implementation of a food assistance program benefitting 100,000 families displaced by the civil war in Lebanon.


Joe McCannon

Joe is the former Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining CMS, Mr. McCannon was vice president and faculty on large-scale improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). At CMS, Mr. McCannon helped to implement major pieces of the President’s Affordable Care Act legislation, including launching the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and several other national programs (e.g., the Partnership for Patients, the Million Hearts Initiative).

At IHI, Joe drove organizational efforts to spread change in Africa, the United States, and several other regions. He led the organization’s collaboration with the World Health Organization on the 3 by 5 Initiative and directed its major domestic initiatives to improve patient safety, the 100,000 Lives Campaign and the 5 Million Lives Campaign. Mr. McCannon has advised or consulted with other large-scale quality improvement efforts in the United States, England, Japan, Canada, and Denmark. He has also been involved with large-scale initiatives outside health care in areas including homelessness and corrections initiative.

Joe started his career in the publishing industry with roles at Fast Company, The Atlantic Monthly, and Outside magazine. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Reuters and Merck Fellow at Stanford University. He is presently working as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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