The ANIMA Leadership Conference


Founded through a partnership between the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Soulful Impact, and ONE HUNDRED, the The ANIMA Leadership Conference explores the ANIMA model of leadership, which symbolizes a truly soulful approach to the enormous privileges and responsibilities embedded in leadership. In a global, increasingly interconnected society, the leaders who create the greatest impact will be those who serve, mentor, and inspire others. The College of Mount Saint Vincent is honored to welcome such leaders as part of this valuable model.

In our first three-day Conference in the Summer of 2017, Omaze co-founder Ryan Cummins gave the keynote address. In our November 2017 conference, Sharon Callahan, Chief Client Officer of Omnicom Health Group, presented the keynote.

On April 11th 2018, the College of Mount Saint Vincent hosted the ANIMA Leadership Conference: Leading for the Common Good. Our most recent keynote speaker was Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever. Through his work toward the common good, sustainability, and business leadership, Mr. Polman actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement long-term business strategies and drive systemic change. He is chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and sits on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee. Under his leadership, Unilever has an ambitious vision to increase their positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Mr. Polman has played a significant role in developing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and works to promote action toward their delivery. His commitment to the SDGs also inspired him and others to establish the Business and Sustainable Development Commission and publish a flagship report, Better Business, Better World, which serves as a call to action for business leaders to align with the Sustainable Development Goals.


Conference Videos



Ryan Cummins 

CEO and Co-founder of Omaze

Bill Campbell

Senior Advisor, J.P. Morgan Chase & CO.


Alan Guarino

Vice Chairman at Korn Ferry 

Mike Hoffman,  Deirdre Gaughan

Chairman and CEO of Soulful Impact


Dr. Nina Aversano and Sarah Stevenson

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Michael Iovino, Benji Bernstein, Michelle Bayat, Patrick Gage, Jinyue Ma

Next Generation Philanthropy


Robert Phelan

Chief Risk Officer at American Express

Dr. Charles Flynn

President of the College of Mount Saint Vincent


Atti Worku

Founder of Seeds of Africa

Robin Ferrer

Director of Emergency Department Operations and Nursing at NYP/Columbia



Sharon Callahan


Diana Mao and Gabriela Isler

President at Nomi Network, Public Relations and Training Director at Miss Venezuela Organization


Serge Dumont, John O'Brien, Kim Polman

Omnicom Group Vice Chairman and Chairman, Asia Pacific. European Managing Partner at ONE HUNDRED AGENCY: DAS Omnicom. Founder of Reboot the Future

Brian Crimmins, Paul Polman

Global Managing Partner at ONE HUNDRED Agency, CEO at Unilever


Daniel Jeydel 

Director of Brand Development at Omaze

Jeffrey Sturchio, Jo Ivey Boufford, Nora Campbell Wood and John Damonti

SDG #3 World Health ANIMA Conference


Veronica Ruelas

Founder of Ashram Chic and ThirdEyeVision Foundation

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