Class of 1951 Leadership Chair for the Study of Leadership
Class of 1951 Leadership Chair for the Study of Leadership is made possible by a generous endowment from the US Military Academy Class of 1951. The Chair was established to enrich the study and practice of leadership and leader development at West Point and throughout the US Army. The Leadership Chair is occupied by an eminent scholar and/or practitioner in the field of leadership and leader development and has frequent interaction with and significant impact on both West Point faculty and Cadets. The Chair achieves this impact through several means including, but not limited to, personal lectures and teaching, assisting in arranging for outside visitors, and the development of research, internship and trip opportunities.
He has contributed to numerous case studies and publications, including The Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He also contributed chapters to the Leader to Leader Institute's Leader of the Future and Indiana University Press's Taking Philanthropy Seriously and has been featured in articles on philanthropy in the New York Times and the Financial Times. He has been profiled in various publications, including Learning from the CEO and Finishing Well.
He also co-authored a popular book about organization and leadership titled, Aligning the Stars, which was published in April 2002 by Harvard Business School Press. In 2009, Tom was named as one of the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50. He recently co-authored with Joel L. Fleishman Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, which was published in March 2011 by Public Affairs. In 2102 Tom led the production of Conversations with Remarkable Givers, a groundbreaking, free video series, housed on GiveSmart.org, of candid conversations with a range of extraordinary philanthropic leaders.
Tom joined Bain & Company in 1980 following graduation from Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA with distinction. He was promoted to partner after three years and from 1987 to 1992 served as the managing director of Bain's San Francisco office. In 1992, he became Bain's chief executive. During the 1990s, under his leadership, Bain & Company grew its revenues six-fold, while significantly expanding its global operations.
A native of California, he received his BA in Economics with highest distinction from the University of California at Davis, where he was honored as that year's most outstanding graduate. He served as a field engineer for Bechtel International in North Africa before entering business school.
Tom is a director of eBay, Incorporated and also serves on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory groups, including National Board of The Nature Conservancy, The Hoover Institution, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is a past director of many other nonprofit organizations, including The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, United Way of the Bay Area, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Committee for Economic Development, Catholic Charities, WGBH, and The National Academies.
Past Class of 1951 Leadership Chair for the Study of Leadership holders include: