Along the way, Jim collected and tested his management principles in such realms as the military, the diversified conglomerate Textron, in venture capital, on corporate boards and government commissions, and in the non-profit arena. He has served as both a California and a global director, and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). More recently he and his wife, Becky, founded the Northern Sierra Partnership, which fosters collaboration among conservation organizations in order to preserve and restore one of the world’s great mountain ranges.
Jim also served as Vice Chair of President George W. Bush’s President’s Export Council and as an adviser to President Bill Clinton and Congress on U.S.–Pacific trade and investment policy. He was an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He holds a degree in engineering and an MBA from Cornell. He co-authored the 1991 book, Cracking the Japanese Market: Strategies for Success in the New Global Economy. Among Jim’s many recognitions are the Semiconductor Industries Award, the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal; the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Lifetime Achievement; the Global Humanitarian Award; the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Award; and TNC’s Oak Leaf Award.
Joan O’C. Hamilton
Joan O’C. Hamilton is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer who works with executives, elected officials and candidates, scientists, and other high-profile individuals on book projects and other branding and positioning content.
Joan has extensive experience in magazine journalism and is a former bureau chief, columnist, and correspondent for Business Week magazine. She is a contributing editor at Stanford Magazine and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Town & Country, Wired, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.