Sage advice from alumni

Through the decades, Bradley has produced countless influential leaders in a variety of fields. Meet a sampling of them here.

By Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10

  • DOUGLASS ALLIGOOD ’56

    White Plains, N.Y.

    Leadership: Senior vice president for horizontal markets and chairman of the diversity council for BBDO

    Education: BFA, Bradley

    Notable: Alligood was one of the country’s first black advertising executives. After serving in the Air Force, he joined BBDO in Detroit and worked on the Pepsi and Dodge accounts. He left BBDO to become director of corporate advertising for RCA, then became president of UniWorld Group. He returned to BBDO in 1984 and became an expert on minority advertising. In 2005, he co-wrote Color Television: 50 Years of African American and Latino Images on Prime Time Television. A Bradley Centurion, Alligood has served on several trade boards and was founding chairman of the Ad Council’s minority perspectives committee. He is former chairman of the board of Health Watch, a minority health information and promotion service. He has received numerous awards, including an AdColor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

    Advice: “Take pride in the company you work for. If that’s not possible, it’s time to look for another job. Protect your integrity; you are the only one who can sell it or give it away. When you play, play fair, but play to win!”

  • NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA ’58

    NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA ’58

    New York City

    Leadership: President of New Yorkers for Children; 31st fire commissioner of New York City (2002–2010); commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, New York City’s child welfare agency (1996–2001)

    Education: BS, civil engineering, Bradley; JD, Brooklyn Law School

    Notable: Scoppetta spent almost 50 years in public service, most of them in New York City. His career began in 1962 when he was appointed an assistant district attorney for New York County. He was the first commissioner of the Fire Department of New York after 9/11 and is a past president of the Children’s Aid Society. He was also commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services. Scoppetta currently serves as president of the board of New Yorkers for Children, a nonprofit organization that he founded to benefit children in foster care. He is an attorney at Scoppetta Seiff Kretz & Abercrombie, which he founded in 1980.

    Advice: “To move forward in your chosen profession, do the best job you can in the job you have now, and the next job will take care of itself.”

  • KEITH BANE ’61

    KEITH BANE ’61

    Schaumburg

    Leadership: Former executive vice president of global strategy and corporate development for Motorola; instrumental in founding Nextel; executive vice president and president of the Americas for Motorola

    Education: BS, business management, Bradley; JD, Northwestern Law School

    Notable: Bane held several management positions during his 30 years at Motorola. He was instrumental in the creation of Nextel and served on the Sprint Nextel board. He is a Bradley Centurion, Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and is a past Bradley Trustee. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Bane was a catalyst to create the Campanile Center, a community arts center in Minocqua, Wisconsin.

    Advice: “Have priorities and stick with those priorities. Always listen to dissenting ,or minority opinions; don’t just brush them off. Be compassionate and always back your people up if they’ve made a mistake, unless they’re being dishonest. Give criticism in private, and make sure it’s constructive.”

  • CELESTA JURKOVICH ’68

    CELESTA JURKOVICH ’68

    Chevy Chase, Md.

    Leadership: Former senior vice president of government relations for the Chicago Board of Trade; the first female press secretary for the mayor of Chicago under Michael A. Bilandic

    Education: BA, journalism, Bradley; MBA, Northwestern

    Notable: Jurkovich led the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Washington, D.C., office from 1985–2001. An active lobbyist, she served as a liaison between CBOT and Congress, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and other federal bodies. She was inducted into the Futures Industry Hall of Fame in 2007. Jurkovich volunteers with Suited for Change, helping low-income women re-enter the workforce.

    Advice: “Keep growing and be flexible. Planning is key to success but being flexible and intellectually curious will let you meet the challenges you can’t really plan for.”

  • HOWARD LANCE ’77

    HOWARD LANCE ’77

    Melbourne, Fla.

    Leadership: Chairman, president, and CEO of Harris Corp.; former president of NCR Corp. and COO of its retail and financial group

    Education: BFA, Bradley

    Notable: President George W. Bush appointed Lance to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Lance is a member of the Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. He is a director of Eastman Chemical Co. and Stryker Corp. and serves on the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association. He has been involved in his local United Way, and he is a member of the board of trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Bradley Centurion.

    Advice: “I’ve always thought of building a career in the context of building a wall. Each brick provides a different set of experiences, a different set of challenges. Think broadly because the wider that wall is, the stronger it’s going to be and the better equipped you’re going to be as a leader.”

  • GWENNE EDDY HENRICKS ’79 MSEE ’81

    GWENNE EDDY HENRICKS ’79 MSEE ’81

    Peterborough, U.K.

    Leadership: President of Perkins Engines; vice president of industrial power systems and growth markets division of Caterpillar

    Education: BS, physics, Bradley; MS in electrical engineering, Bradley; MBA, University of Illinois; certificate from Managing Engineering Design and Development program, Carnegie Bosch Institute

    Notable: Henricks is a member of the U.K. Automotive Council, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Engineering Employers’ Federation’s Economic Policy Committee. She was also involved in the Executive Council of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Commercial Vehicle Engineering congresses in 2009 and 2010.

    Advice: “It’s through working with others that you accomplish the most. You’ll get the best results by seeing and appreciating people’s strengths and potential, including your own!”

  • FRANCHEE HARMON ’84

    FRANCHEE HARMON ’84

    Chicago

    Leadership: Vice president of the Center for High Performance; author of Making Purpose Work: The Challenge of Growing Ourselves and our Companies

    Education: BS, construction, Bradley; MBA, University of Chicago

    Notable: One of the first African-American women to serve in a management role in the construction industry, Harmon has assumed various leadership roles. She was director of strategy and corporate development for the Crucible Corp. in Dublin, Ireland. She also was instrumental in creating PricewaterhouseCoopers’ high-tech toolkit as a director for the company in London. She has been involved in Youthbuild Lake County, the Human Capital Institute, and the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group.

    Advice: “The work environment that you create for the people who work with you is your most important tool to creating success for your organization.”

  • SARA BUCHANAN ’96

    SARA BUCHANAN ’96

    Afghanistan

    Leadership: Foreign Service Officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) serving as a Crisis, Stabilization and Governance Officer in Afghanistan.

    Education: BA, history and political science, Bradley; MA in Government and International Studies, University of South Carolina; MPH, Public Health Practice, University of Alaska, Anchorage. 

    Notable: Buchanan spent the past 13 years with USAID, CARE International, and local non-governmental organizations in Eastern Europe, East Africa, and Central Asia, focusing on democracy, gender, and other development issues. She currently works with the government of Afghanistan to train and support civil servants to promote sustainable governance. She has led campaigns to prevent child marriage in Ethiopia, conducted rapid health and welfare assessments during a refugee crisis in Uzbekistan, and has developed programs to help widows and other disadvantaged women in Afghanistan. Buchanan has earned two Meritorious Honor Awards from USAID for her work. 

    Advice: “Never take ‘no’ for an answer and trust that your drive and experience can get you far in life.”