Ten Years Hence Biographies

Sister Helen Alford, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas

February 13, 2015

Sr. Helen Alford is an Ordinary Professor of Economics and Ethics and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (the “Angelicum”), where she is also Director of the Master’s program in “Management and Corporate Social Responsibility”. Sr. Helen is co-author of the book Managing as if Faith Mattered (UNDP, 2001, with Michael Naughton) and her research mostly looks at the role and impact of ethics and Christian social thought in the field of management, especially as regards CSR and sustainability. Her most recent book in English, edited with Francesco Compagnoni, is Preaching Justice: Dominican Contributions to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century (Dominican Publications, Dublin, 2007), and she is currently working on a companion volume, Preaching Justice II, on the work of Dominican sisters in social and economic spheres.

Michael Schierl, Founder of ImmacuLaw and Julius Capital

February 20, 2015

Michael J. Schierl is the founder of Immaculata Law Firm, LLC (www.immaculaw.com) and the Julius Capital group of companies (www.juliuscapital.com), which work together to deliver Turnkey Funding Solutions For Catholic Organizations.  ImmacuLaw employs attorneys licensed in IL, NY, WI, KS, TX, AZ (and shortly FL and MI).  Julius Capital provides fundraising, insurance and business services and operates a credit enhancement fund.

Mr. Schierl is a recognized leader in the Catholic financial community for his work developing sophisticated “evergreen” conduit bond financing structures with embedded shelf-offering capabilities that enable the funding of high-impact projects often viewed as beyond the reach of Catholic organizations.  The objective of Mr. Schierl’s life’s work is to help create a new Catholic financial ecosystem that will become a source of “five loaf and two fish” funding for the highest impact projects.  Mr. Schierl designs each of his funding solutions to be turnkey and easily replicable by a sponsoring Diocese or Religious Order, in order to magnify the national impact of ministries closest to Mr. Schierl’s heart, including Catholic Education, Affordable Housing and the New Evangelization.

Working with a growing base of innovative Dioceses, Catholic Foundations and strategic partners, the ImmacuLaw/Julius Capital team has developed a broad arsenal of innovative funding solutions which combine techniques drawn from Mr. Schierl’s unique experience in several disparate worlds:  (1) bond financing techniques from his experience practicing law in New York with a major international law firm, (2) balance sheet philanthropy techniques utilized by leading Foundations; and (3) business startup experience from Mr. Schierl’s involvement with dozens of for-profit and non-profit startups.

Each of Mr. Schierl’s funding solutions serve the dual purpose of (1) financing an initial high-impact project or ministry and (2) facilitating the issuance of pre-authorized “donor-friendly” public Bonds designed to support subsequent ongoing capital, structured giving and/or endowment campaigns necessary to expand and perpetuate the project or ministry.  Current ImmacuLaw/Julius Capital funding solutions -- optimized for replication within a sponsoring Catholic diocese -- include the Flex-Design Deposit & Loan Program (DLP), the Flex-Design Endowment Funding Program (EFP), the Legacy Income Financing Trust (LIFT) program and the Ideal Development Office (IDO).  Additional funding solutions are scheduled for pilot and launch in 2015.

Mr. Schierl is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (’84 PLS Great Books Program) and Harvard Law School and a member of the University of Notre Dame Advisory Board for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values.  He is consecrated to Our Lady and a member of the Militia Immaculata founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe.  Mr. Schierl resides in La Grange Park, IL, with his wife Valerie and their five children, Maddy, Zach, Sarah, Bella and Ellie.

Dr. Mark Albion, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, More Than Money Careers, LLC

March 20, 2015

Dr. Mark S. Albion is a former Harvard Business School professor, New York Times Best Selling author and national entrepreneur of the year. His thirty years in social enterprise includes as Faculty Founder of Net Impact, and co-founder and current chair of More Than Money Careers, an award-winning e-learning platform for over 165,000 university social impact job seekers in 2014. Dr. Albion has made over 625 visits to universities on five continents to speak about purposeful work, leading 60 Minutes and Business Week to call him "the savior of b-school souls."
Mentored by Mother Teresa in the mid-1990s, Dr. Albion served officially as U.S. Representative to the U.N. for developing socially responsible young leaders. In 2009-10, Dr. Albion served in the Office of the President at Babson College, helping to integrate social values into the college. He continues that work today as a Senior Associate Partner at Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise, advising families in business on their social impact, governance and next generation issues.

Dr. Albion received his A.B., joint MA/MBA, and joint PhD/DBA from Harvard University and its Business School. His seven favorite 'accomplishments' are:

  1. Skied from base camp at Mount Everest.
  2. Snuck into Pele's beach house when he wasn't there.
  3. Viewed the Full Moon inside the Taj Mahal at night.
  4. Rode a horse across Afghanistan.
  5. Met Jacqueline Kennedy while wearing only a Speedo bathing suit.
  6. Dove eye to eye alone with a humpback whale at 120 feet.
  7. Hugged by Mother Teresa and Ronald Reagan—not at the same time.

Tara Kenney, Managing Director, Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, Inc.

March 27, 2015

Tara C. Kenney joined Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management in 1987 and has 30 years of industry experience.  Prior to her current role, Tara served as the Co-Head of the Global Client Group for Latin America, directing the Company's new business efforts in the region.   In her career, Tara has served as a Portfolio Manager for Alpha Emerging Markets Equity and as a Lead Manager for Kemper Latin America, the Scudder Latin American Investment Trust and Institutional portfolios. Previously, she was a Co-Lead Manager for the DWS Latin America Fund (formerly Scudder Latin America Fund) and the Brazil Fund. Before this, she worked in Financial Transaction Management for the Latin American Merchant Bank at Bankers Trust, where she was the Chief Debt Negotiator at numerous Latin American debt restructurings (Brady Plans) and co-managed the corporate finance activities for the Andean Group. Prior to joining Deutsche, Tara worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and at Inter-American Development Bank.

Kenney has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.  She is a board member of Accion International, LASPAU  Academic and Professional Program for the Americas,  World Education and Development Fund (Worldfund), The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and EcoEnterprises Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Dr. Mirza Jahani, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.

April 10, 2015

Dr. Mirza Jahani is Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA). Since joining AKF USA in November 2009, Mirza has focused on widening and deepening partnerships with US-based organizations, strengthening support to Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) civil society development portfolio and promoting impact investments for AKDN projects in Africa and Asia as a way to boost development resources and foster public-private partnerships. Before that he served for 15 years as CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in the United Kingdom, East Africa and Tajikistan, helping to conceptualize, implement and secure funding for programs in rural development, health, education, and civil society, often in post-conflict environments. Mirza began his career in the early 1980s as an economist with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He served with DFID again from 2004 to 2009 as Senior Governance Advisor in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has also been an Economic Adviser to an African government.

Mirza was born in Uganda and educated at London, Harvard and Cambridge Universities, where he earned his doctorate in 2009. He and his wife Nazira have two children, Rabia and Rumi.

Jozef Henriquez, Inter-American Development Bank, Chief, Syndications Unit

April 17, 2015

Jozef Henriquez is Head of Syndications in the Structured & Corporate Finance Department at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he is responsible for all mobilization efforts under the institution’s Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Loan and Guarantee programs. He also oversees the pricing methodologies for non-sovereign guaranteed operations.
Prior to joining the IDB in 2002, Mr. Henriquez spent 10 years with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. in various capacities, including relationship management and syndications.  In his last five years with ABN AMRO, he was responsible for the origination and distribution of syndicated loans in the Integrated Energy and Leveraged Finance sectors for the Americas.

Mr. Henriquez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.

Anthony Jowid, COO & Principal, AlliedArgenta, LLC

April 24, 2015

Anthony Jowid is the Chief Operating Officer and a Principal of Allied Argenta – a boutique real estate development company focused on affordable, multi-family apartments throughout the Western United States.  He brings more than 20 years of operations, sales, marketing, and management experience to the Allied team. Mr. Jowid is part of the leadership team focused on overall company strategies, acquisitions, operations, construction and asset management.

Prior to joining Allied Argenta, he was the Chief Sales Officer for the Rabine Group, a $200 Million group of companies focused on construction services and fuel distribution.  He was charged with designing, implementing and managing all sales and marketing efforts for the group’s 15 different companies.  The Rabine Group was ranked as one of the 50 fastest growing private companies in Illinois for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and listed in Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 fastest-growing companies in North America for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Prior to Rabine, Mr. Jowid was a Regional Vice President and equity partner with CertaPro Painters, North America’s largest painting company. During his nine years at CertaPro, he was an integral member of the executive team, which grew annual revenue from $60 Million to $200 Million in four years.  His focus was on building and supporting operational, marketing, sales and financial systems.

Anthony also co-founded and was a Vice President of Operations for Marathon Development Group, a real estate development company focused on developing residential communities.  He was part of Marathon Homes, a subsidiary of Marathon Development Group, which built and sold over $40 million of single-family homes.

Currently, Mr. Jowid is a mentor for at-risk, inner city youth for Los Angeles Team Mentoring.  Anthony was a mentor for nine years to at-risk, inner city youth, and served on the Board as well as the Interview, Selection, Disciplinary and Marketing committees for Denver Urban Scholars.  He was selected as the 2009 Male Mentor of the Year and 2011 Impact Person of the Year.  He was on the Board of the Schaumburg Business Association, as well as a member of the Executives’ Club of Chicago where he was on the Real Estate and Professional Services committees.

Anthony holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in International Business and a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.  Anthony is married with two children and lives in Santa Monica, California.