Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA, NACD.DC
Chief Business Development and Investor Relations Officer, StartUp Health

Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA, NACA.DC is an accomplished and creative c-suite executive with expertise in healthcare, innovation, fundraising, investor relations, health equity and higher education. Her North Star has been an abiding commitment to make the world a better place. As Chief Development Officer at three mission-based organizations, she has turned conventional development programs into innovative, top-performing operations, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Drexel University, and Jefferson Health. Cumulatively the teams she led have raised more than $1.6 billion in support of patient care, education, research, and clinical operations.
This fall, she joined StartUp Health, a corporation founded in 2011 that’s on a mission “to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world by inspiring, educating and investing in a new generation of entrepreneurs focused on transforming health.” She is responsible for leading their business development and investor relations team.
In 2006, her passion to address the inequities in the vital conditions and in healthcare was accelerated when she arrived in Philadelphia, the poorest of the ten largest cities in the United States. At a Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights held in Chicago in March 1966, Martin Luther King Jr declared: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” Dr. King’s words inspired her to work with the team at Drexel to establish the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and the Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships. One of her hallmark programs at Jefferson was the establishment of the Jefferson Collaborative for Health Equity (J-CHE). J-CHE is a broad-based community collaboration action network that addresses Philadelphia’s health inequity challenges. It was launched in late 2017 with an inaugural gift from Philadelphia’s Lindy Family. During her tenure, Dr. Dale and her team had raised more than $40 million to invest in neighborhoods in Philadelphia facing the greatest challenges.
Among her happiest days are when she visits the LEAP University Charter School campus in Camden. She believes that LEAP Academy is an extraordinary example of what can be accomplished through the incredible leadership of Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago and her team, coupled with a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunities that an excellent education affords. After every visit to LEAP Academy, she is overcome with optimism for the future of the children and their families. The atmosphere is disciplined, organized, respectful, joyful, creative, innovative, and nurturing. She is honored and humbled to have been nominated by Steve Korman and Linda Richardson Korman and selected to be a Distinguished Leadership Award recipient for the 2022 Gala.
Dr. Dale holds a doctoral degree in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from UMass Amherst. She was awarded an American Council on Education Fellowship, her host institution for the year was the University of Delaware. She has served on the board of directors of the Marion Anderson Award, The CEO Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and has been a volunteer consultant to many small non-profit organizations in Philadelphia and beyond.


Vernon W. Hill, II
Shirley Hill
Founders, Commerce Bank and Founders, Metro Bank, London

Often credited with reinventing American banking, Vernon Hill is the Founder and former Chairman and President of Commerce Bank. He founded the bank in 1973 as a single branch in Metro Philadelphia, with nine staff members and $1.5m in capital. The bank grew to 500 stores with 15,000 employees, a market capitalization of $8.5bn and a 30+ year annual shareholder return of 23%.

Based on America’s most successful bank model, Vernon, his wife Shirley, and Duffy, their Yorkie, created Metro Bank, the first new UK bank in over 100 years, and revolutionized UK banking.

Vernon authored a book, “Fans Not Customers”, based on the theme “Creating a Growth Company in a No Growth World”.

Shirley Hill is the Founder and President of InterArch, an international architecture, design and branding firm, which believes great companies use design as a competetive weapon. She is the creator of the Commerce Bank and Metro Bank brands.

The Pratt Institute of New York recently awarded Shirley the Creative Icon Award.

Shirley and Vernon are major investors in Seguso Vetri d’Arte in Venice, Italy, a 600-year-old family tradition of the finest Murano glass artists. The Hills have made it their mission to raise Seguso to world-class status and build an internationally recognized brand.

As a result of their work with Seguso, Italian President Sergio Matarella recently knighted Vernon Hill into the prestigious Cavaliere Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Mr. Hill is also the first recipient of the London Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) 2022 Inspiring Freedom Award for his efforts supporting the education of the next generation of free-market thinkers.

The Hills have together supported a number of charitable endeavors including:

  • The Vernon and Shirley Hill Pavilion at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School
  • The Marshak-Hill Scholarship Fund, supporting a joint Penn Vet-Wharton MBA Degree
  • The Penn Vet World and Student Inspiration Awards
  • The International Canine Health Awards, sponsored by the UK Kennel Club Charitable Trust

The Hills were recently presented the Inaugural Patriot Award from America First Policy Institute (AFPI) for their significant contributions to freedom and educational choice.

The Hills have been happily married for 40+ years and spend most of their time between New Jersey and Florida – spoiling their amazing Yorkshire Terrier, “Sir Duffy.”

Preston Lindsay, Ph.D.
Founder of The Lindsay Group Co.

Preston Lindsay, Ph.D. is an American organizational psychologist and organization development science-practitioner. His practice emphasizes an integrated transdisciplinary approach to organizational diagnosis and design intervention for systems change informed by black-feminist theory, social constructionism, psychodynamics, systems thinking, and applied cognitive organizational neuroscience. With more than 10 years of applied organizational science experience, Dr. Lindsay has facilitated transformational change for organizations of diverse structural composition and purpose.

Dr. Lindsay serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of The Lindsay Group Co. an organization development consulting firm. Founded by Dr. Lindsay in 2014 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Lindsay Group Co. helps organizations to become anti-oppressive through the use of transdisciplinary and multicultural organization development interventions, observing both dialogic and diagnostic traditions, for strategic transformational system change. Along with many years of experience in applied organizational science practice, Dr. Lindsay has a distinguished career as an educator in the academy with faculty appointments at various notable R1 research institutions.

Presently, Dr. Lindsay is a Professor of Professional Practice in the department of Organizational Psychology, Doctor of Psychology program (OP Psy.D.) at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). In the OP Psy.D. program Dr. Lindsay teaches Psychology of Work and Careers, Psychodynamic Interviewing, and Organizational Diagnosis. 

Applying a unique multimodal approach to organizational science research centering the phenomenological and multiple linear regression analysis traditions, Dr. Lindsay’s scholarship examines the relationship of traumatized organizational systems and the dissociative phenomena of employees of oppressed identities.

Dr. Lindsay is a proud alum of LEAP Academy (Class of ‘08), received a Doctor of Philosophy in Business and Industrial Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Master of Science degrees in Organization Development and Management with emphasis in Systems Thinking and Human Factors from The Catholic University of America.