Divestment Action Workshop Bios
To Tend the Earth: Responding to
the Global Climate Change Crisis
Loyola University Chicago’s
Second Annual Climate Change Conference
March 19-21, 2015
Action Workshop: The Risks, Nuts and Bolts of Divestment
Location: Mundelein Auditorium
Friday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Participants: Dr. Paul Benson, Bruce Boyd, Dr. George Hanley and John Sealey
Student Panelists: Nicholas Cruz and Iree Wheeler, Seattle University
Dr. Paul Benson
Dr. Paul Benson, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and former Dean of the College of Art and Sciences, currently serves as Interim Provost at the University of Dayton. He received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, where he was a National Merit Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he held fellowships from the Danforth and the Whiting Foundations. After taking teaching positions at Virginia Tech and the University of Vermont, he joined the UD faculty in 1985.
As a scholar, Dr. Benson specializes in contemporary ethics and social philosophy, and has an international reputation for his research on personal autonomy. Prior to his appointment as Interim Provost in July 2014, Dr. Benson served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Associate Dean, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A native of Chicago, he and his wife live in an historic district in downtown Dayton.
Bruce Boyd joined Arabella Advisors as a Principal and Managing Director in 2007 after spending 20 years building and leading for-profit and nonprofit ventures. Bruce oversees the work in our Chicago office and has led a range of engagements for Arabella’s foundation, individual and family, and corporate clients. Those engagements have focused on strategic planning, due diligence, program implementation, and evaluation of impact, and they have stretched across a range of issue areas including community development, human rights, education, and the environment. More recently, a substantial portion of Bruce’s portfolio has related to planetary health including climate change, food systems and security, and water and land conservation.
Prior to joining Arabella, Bruce served for 13 years as a Senior Manager at The Nature Conservancy, where he led the Illinois Program, the Upper Mississippi River Project, and the four-continent Great Rivers Partnership. The landscape scale conservation work that Bruce developed and implemented included broad coalition building, community engagement and large-scale land and water protection. He graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College, earned his law degree from the University of Chicago, and studied business at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
George Hanley is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Currently, he is the Founder and Manager of TFH Partners, a private investment firm focused on emerging technology, real estate and sustainable food companies. He is also a Co-Founder of Level 5 Trading, a fixed income trading firm. Previously, George founded Hanley Group, a commodities trading firm (acquired by INTL FC Stone) and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile exchange (now CME Group). During his more than 30 years in the trading business, George was recognized as an innovative leader and mentor in his field, providing training, education and resources to help scores of students and young professionals learn the trading business.
Together with his wife Amanda, he founded the Hanley Foundation in 1997, which seeks to build a better future by advancing transformative educational, environmental and empowerment solutions. George serves on the board of the University of Dayton and, among other notable investments there, established the Hanley Trading Center in 2008, launched the Hanley Sustainability Institute in 2014 and took part in the board’s decision to divest fossil fuels from the school’s endowment. George has lectured at the University of Dayton, the University of Illinois and NYU. George earned a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Dayton. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois with his wife and their four children.
John Sealey serves as Provincial Assistant for Social Justice and International Ministries for the Midwest Jesuits (Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces). As part of that work he has also served on the Jesuit Committee for Investment Responsibility (JCIR) since 2001. Midwest Jesuits have led shareholder resolutions which yielded corporate human rights policies with Chevron and OM Group.
Prior to his work with at the province, John was Program Director for Jesuit Volunteers International 1995-2001. He has also taught in Jesuit secondary schools in Denver (Regis), Washington DC (Gonzaga) and Belize City (St John's College). His MA Theology is from University of San Francisco with a BA Journalism from University of Nebraska.
Iree Wheeler is a Senior at Seattle University majoring in Environmental Studies. As a member of Sustainable Student Action Club, Iree has worked on a campaign to divest from fossil fuels. Iree enjoys hiking and spending her free time in her home state of Alaska. Seattle University's Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign has been underway since 2013 and is led by the members of Sustainable Student Action.
Nicolas Cruz is a first-year Sociology and Biology major at Seattle University where he hopes to study the connection between social structures and genetic inheritance. He is active in divestment and racial justice organizing as a new member of Sustainable Student Action and has led a quarter-long project researching divestment with his sociology class to support the campaign on campus. Seattle University's Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign has been underway since 2013 and is led by the members of Sustainable Student Action.