Board of Directors

Samantha Bushman Anne Lewis Linda Babcock Denise Rousseau Sarah Amador-Guzman Jump to bottom

Founding & Current Board of Directors

  • Samantha Bushman

  • President and CEO

Young people need Talk.
I won’t stop until every teen has the knowledge, tools, and support they need to make informed, responsible choices about their relationships and sexual health.

  • Anne Lewis

  • Founding Vice-President

As the mother of two sons,
I appreciate the value Talk places on educating boys and the thoughtfulness and attention paid to the pressures young men face.

  • Linda Babcock

  • Founding Treasurer

Sam has had a tremendous impact on me as a parent, and her work has transformed how I think about and approach my relationship with my daughter.

  • Denise Rousseau

  • Founding & Current Secretary

Talk provides a fresh, informed, evidence-based approach to educating teens and pre-teens about sex, sexuality, and well-being.
I wish that we had had it years ago.

  • Sarah Amador-Guzman

  • Current Treasurer

The value that Talk brings to students and parents is immeasurable. If each of these kids talks to their friends, to their parents, and one day to their own children, our world will be a much better place.

  • Soon to be announced

  • Soon to be announced

  • Soon to be announced

 

Samantha Bushman, President & CEO

Samantha-Bushman-thumb“Young people need Talk. I won’t stop until every teen has the knowledge, tools, and support they need to make informed, responsible choices about their relationships and sexual health.”

As the first Post-Graduate Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for
Social Innovation, Samantha conducted extensive research on where Sex Ed was missing the mark and designed an alternative approach based on the needs teens and parents articulated.

In 2010, Samantha was a Semi-Finalist for the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship, which supports emerging social entrepreneurs and was among the top 10% of 3,500 applicants worldwide.

In Spring 2011, Talk was selected by the Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners as 1 of 10 Finalists from 98 Allegheny County organizations for its innovative work addressing an important social issue impacting the Pittsburgh region.

More recently, Samantha was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 for her passion, commitment, visibility, and overall impact on the region. She was profiled in the November 2011 Issue of Pittsburgh Magazine and was 1 of 6 honorees interviewed for the magazine’s website.

Samantha graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and completed her Master’s in Public Policy and Management in 2008. She has a longstanding commitment to gender issues and has done a variety of advocacy and policy work in the areas of women’s reproductive health, sexual assault and abuse, and intimate partner violence.  Samantha has also worked as a management consultant in both the private and non-profit sectors.

 

Anne Lewis, Founding Vice-President

Anne-Lewis-thumb“As the mother of two sons, I appreciate the value Talk places on educating boys and the thoughtfulness and attention paid to the pressures young men face.Teens need considerably more support than they currently receive to successfully navigate the realities of teenage life and the complex, and oftentimes difficult decisions they are forced to confront. Talk was founded with this precise goal in mind, and its value proposition is systemic change.”

Anne Lewis is Board Chair and Co-Owner of Oxford Development Company—one of the region’s most prominent privately held enterprises, family owned since its inception in 1963. Anne has also been active in Pittsburgh’s civic leadership for more than two decades, spearheading major development efforts for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel Country Day School and Shady Side Academy.

In 2001, Anne led the Children’s Museum in the largest development initiative of its 25 year history: a $31 million capital campaign to underwrite the consolidation of two historic Pittsburgh landmarks, the Old Post Office Building and the Buhl Science Center, into a LEED certified (Silver), award-winning architectural design.

At Fox Chapel Country Day, Anne led the School in its first strategic plan, a $1.3 million capital campaign, the construction of a major new wing and the successful search for a new head of school. Later, at Shady Side Academy, she led the construction of the $12 million Hillman Performing Arts Center (2004), the renovation of the LEED certified (Gold) Rowe Hall Complex (2006) & a Pre-K building on the Junior School campus (2007).

Today, Anne serves as Board Chair of Point Park University, where she will lead the University’s capital campaign to support its Academic Village Initiative, a multi-block living and learning hub that will transform the University campus and the downtown neighborhood it inhabits. Anne is a board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, the PIttsburgh Promise, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Allies for Children and the Fred Rogers Company.

Anne and her family have long been active in supporting the victims of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease); in 2010, the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania established the Anne Lewis Humanitarian Award and Fund in honor of her achievements. She has been honored as a Trustee Emeritus of Fox Chapel Country Day School, Shady Side Academy and the Children’s Museum. Anne is also a supporter of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, as an alumna (MPM 1990), past commencement speaker and donor of the Anne V. Lewis and Edward J. Lewis Post-Graduate Fellowship in Social Innovation.

Linda Babcock, Founding Treasurer

linda-c-babcock-thumb“Sam has had a tremendous impact on me as a parent, and her work has transformed how I think about and approach my relationship with my daughter. I am convinced that Talk’s model will help countless other parents by empowering them to take on these critical topics — relationships, gender norms, and abuse, to name a few — by providing the tools to open the doors of communication with their children.”

Linda is the James M. Walton Professor of Economics and a former Acting Dean at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Linda’s research has appeared in the most prestigious economics, industrial relations, psychology, and law journals, and her 2003 book, Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 75 smartest business books of all time. Linda is also the founder and faculty director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS).

Denise Rousseau, Founding & Current Secretary

Denise-Rousseau-thumb“Talk provides a fresh, informed, evidence-based approach to educating teens and pre-teens about sex, sexuality, and well-being. I wish that we had had it years ago.”

Denise is the H. John Heinz III University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business.

 

Denise was the President of the Academy of Management from 2004-2005 and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior from 1998-2007. She has served on panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Education, and she currently serves on the editorial boards of five scholarly journals. Denise also founded the Evidence-Based Management Collaborative, a network of scholars, consultants, and practicing managers to promote evidence-informed organizational practices and decision-making.

Sarah Amador-Guzman, Current Treasurer

Sara-Amador-Guzman-thumb“The value that Talk brings to students and parents is immeasurable. If each of these kids talks to their friends, to their parents, and one day to their own children, our world will be a much better place.

Sarah is a Fiscal Analyst for the New Mexico State legislature. Her primary focus is education policy and program evaluation.

 

Prior to her work in the public sector, Sarah was employed by an international consulting firm in non-profit management where she developed strategic fundraising plans, raising over $8 million dollars for various causes during her two year tenure.

She has also worked as a political consultant, spearheading several successful statewide campaigns. She holds a dual degree in Political Science and Foreign Languages from New Mexico State University, and completed her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon in 2008.

 

Coming Soon: Bios of our newly elected Board Members!

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