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Mario serves as the founding Director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFC) at Vanderbilt University, a new center that serves as a resource and thought leader for people across the university interested in combining revenue-generating businesses with social impact objectives. The TFC is focused on serving as a hub for graduate student resources, fellowship, collaboration, and partnership—across multiple graduate schools—further promoting responsible business practices and shaping future leaders of our domestic and international communities. Most recently, Mario was the CEO of Emerge and founder of Contigo Financial, a socially-responsible consumer lender headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. His management experience includes finance, education and consulting in three different countries. He was a Fellow of Vanderbilt’s Cal Turner program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and helped develop a hybrid housing-microfinance model to finance mortgage needs of people at the base of the pyramid in Central America.
Mario serves on various boards including Conéxion Americas, is the Chairman of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance, and serves as an advisor for the Mayor’s Office “Children’s Champions” council as they work to create a social impact bond to fund early childhood education. He was recently selected to represent Nashville as one of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders which brings together some of the country’s top leaders who are working across sectors to help their communities prosper.
Mario earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he was a member of the football team. He received his MBA from Vanderbilt University and served as the President of the student government.
Dr. Doyle's particular areas of expertise are diversity in the workplace, women’s leadership, risk financing and the healthcare industry. She currently serves on the Boards of Trust of Martin Methodist College and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. She consults with Fortune 500 companies and professional service firms on their diversity & inclusion strategies and is an external member of Nissan America’s Executive Diversity Council.
Recent honors and awards include: Education Honoree of Peabody College, the PLUS One Award for outstanding contributions to the professional liability industry, and the APIW Insurance Woman of the Year award. Prior board affiliations include: Definity Healthcare, Sterling Insurance Company, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, the CPCU Board of Governors, and the Owen Alumni Board.
Leigh Z. Gilchrist is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and currently serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Program at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. She received her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling and her doctorate in Higher Education Administration both degrees from Vanderbilt University. She has taught throughout the HOD program in courses that include health service delivery to diverse populations, small group behavior, mental health and mental illness, non-profit leadership, service-learning, and college student development.
Leigh’s research and practice interests focus on experiential education in both higher education and secondary education with particular focus on service-learning and community engagement. She has published and presented on a variety of topics exploring the relationship between academic service-learning and features such as academy-community partnerships, student development, servant leadership, small group dynamics, program design, and assessment.
As a consultant, Leigh works with local and national non-profits in the area of organizational systems, professional development, and program design. She also enjoys working with college and universities as well as K-12 institutions in developing their service-learning programs and their campus-community partnerships.
She lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband, two children, and dog.