Herb Cohen Herb Cohen: Host and Co-founder of Executive Leaders Radio
Herb Cohen, host and co-founder of Executive Leaders Radio, has a recognized gift for connecting with CEOs, which helps explain the program’s success. As a co-host, he meets more than 900 CEOs each year running business with revenues ranging from $10 million to $16 billion. A down-to-earth host, Cohen has fine-tuned the art of connecting CEO’s life stories with their successes, a key ingredient with helping listeners relate and appreciate them as potential role models. With his huge contact base, he also introduces mutually beneficial opportunities among C-level executives, students and young business professionals. An active entrepreneur in his own right since the age of 19, Cohen has co-founded several small-businesses and organizations including, QuiqMeds, Pennsylvania Private Investors Group, The Pros Video and The Pros Entertainers. His academic innovations include co-founding the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Entrepreneurial Network, Fairleigh Dickinson Entrepreneurial Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Study of Entrepreneurship at Temple University.

Bill Blackburn

Bill Blackburn, CDR, USN (ret), is the founder and President of Blackburn & Associates, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and an Affiliate of Academy Leadership. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership for Villanova University. Bill’s passion for the difference leadership can make in the world is a result of his three careers and over 40 years immersed in the study and practice of exceptional leadership and performance.

During his 20 year career as a naval officer and aviator, he served in critical leadership roles that required both his own personal leadership and his ability to build teams and organizations to achieve highly complex assignments. On multiple occasions, he commanded CH-46 helicopter units on extended overseas deployments supporting the Navy’s aircraft carrier battle groups. After attending the US Army War College, he served on the joint staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific as one of the key briefers in the Strategic Plans Division.

In 15 years as a consultant for Gap International, a firm known for its expertise in breakthrough business results, Bill honed his skills as an effective executive coach for senior business leaders and a facilitator of their programs. As a direct result of his effective coaching and partnership with these leaders, their teams consistently produced sustainable exceptional business performance. He is a skilled facilitator in leadership development, strategic and operational planning, organizational alignment and team building.

Since joining Academy Leadership in 2009, Bill leads both public “open enrollment” programs and designs and delivers internal leadership programs for public and private organizations. He serves as a member of the CEO’s Advisory Board and the Curriculum Committee responsible for the design and development of Academy Leadership’s programs. Bill graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, from San Diego State University with a MA in Education and from the US Army War College.