Nadine Hack

Nadine Hack has truly lived a life filled with the pursuit of activism, action, and the propagation of radical optimism. Her grandparents came to America as immigrants escaping the Russian pogroms. Nadine’s mother taught Poly Sci (Political Science) as a professor at Brooklyn College, as well as working for the Regional Planning Association doing urban renewal. Her dad and mom were both very, very involved with the state of Israel and in Jewish philanthropy.

They lived their lives in a little apartment in Brooklyn that would often play host to mayors, governors and state assembly people who would gather in the living room to talk about city planning issues. Nadine was a proud product of the New York public school system-Brooklyn, New York-P.S. 139-Erasmus hall high school during the 1960’s.

Nadine Hack

Co-creator @ Ohana

During her last year at Erasmus Hall high school she was the head of something called the Radical Student Union, which was essentially the white support group for the Black Student Union. The black student union was housed at Boys High and the Radical Student Union was housed at Erasmus Hall High School. Nadine was an active leader who was also the editor of the newspaper for this radical student union that they called The Surrealistic Review of the Times, which they printed up on mimeograph machines. To be clear the Surrealistic Review of the Times: Radical Student Union was not a sanctioned school newspaper.

It was the year of the-teachers strike and Nadine Hack was firmly on the side of the black community leaders. As such she was part of the organizing committee for the protest rally where they peacefully marched from Boys High to Erasmus High. This peaceful protest turned into Nadine’s first arrest, and she would be joined by another white girl named Erica. She was given juvenile status, so her record was expunged because she was charged as a juvenile.  It was a very radicalizing experience for Nadine because all of the black children who got arrested ended up doing jail time. The Surrealistic Review of the Times was confiscated, and she was in the dean’s office more often, and she was even expelled.

Nadine dropped out of Erasmus Hall high school at the time of her arrest. Fortuitously she had done all her AP (Advanced Placement) courses during her junior year. She then became involved with the Women’s Strike for Peace, where she met Congresswoman Bella Abzug. It was through Congresswoman Abzug, that Nadine would then meet Shirley Chisholm. She would then later work on Chisholm’s 1964 State Senate and Congressional campaign in Brooklyn, New York. She sat in rooms stuffing and sealing envelopes. Nadine would also go through apartment complexes canvassing for voters and getting signatures. Nadine was just a teenage volunteer, not a senior campaign official. It was the timeous meeting of these two extraordinary women that turned out to be a really formative part of the kind of philosophic grounding for everything that Nadine Hack has done ever since.

Dr Martin Luther King Junior’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” in 1963 was another turning point that further reinforced Nadine’s commitment to a life long journey into social justice and social justice activism. By 1969 she was a member of a political street theatre troop traveling the country doing benefit performances for the Black Panthers and for the Chicago Seven. They created what she believed was the first women’s liberation play, a street-play where they  all ended up with their arms up in fists.  Nadine would even find her way into the 28th May 1970 Rolling Stone magazine where she is seen holding up a sign that reads, “Women are not sex objects.”

Nadine Hack began living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan when Robin Morgan and a group of women took over what was then called the Village Rat and it was the Women’s Rat. Nadine volunteered in the offices and wrote articles and it led very naturally her becoming involved in the anti-war movement. As well as becoming involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, at a very early stage. Nadine Hack continued to become involved in civil rights, human rights, peace, social justice, human rights issues domestically and globally and whatever causes came her way.

Then in the 1980’s she put together a portfolio of what she had done from the 1960's all the way through to the 1980’s Nadine went to the New School where she presented her portfolio and said she would like to be admitted into their masters program. They had no precedence for that, but they accepted her. Nadine Hack earned a MALS from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science at the New School, as well as MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Professor Nadine B. Hack is a Fellow of New Westminster College. She has furthermore created and taught graduate courses at NYU and SNHU, and has globally been a guest lecturer at many universities.

“When I was in prison it was very good to know I had powerful friends like Nadine Hack working on behalf of South Africa’s freedom. Now that South Africa is engaged in the arduous process of reconstruction and development, my colleagues and I regularly rely upon the perceptive guidance provided by Nadine.”

The Honorable Nelson Mandela
Former President of South Africa

“Nadine Hack, a splendid friend, has over a long period of time been deeply involved with and extremely successful at promoting issues of peace, justice and human rights in the developed and developing countries. Hearing her speak is pure inspiration. She is dedicated, intelligent and among those wonderful people who have done so much to make the world a better place. Do you have your sunglasses on? She’s a star!”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Nobel Laureate

“As I prepared to present Nadine a prestigious award, a UN Under-Secretary General wrote to me, ‘Nadine belongs to that rare group of people who is as effective at all levels, dealing with a local community issue, a national challenge or a global initiative.’

A NYC official told me, ‘Nadine is the only person I know who is as comfortable in the boardroom as in the barrio.’ These strikingly similar remarks from people of quite different walks of life say something very powerful about Nadine. This is a woman who walks the walk wherever she is and with whomever she is with: she’s the real deal.”

Susan Taylor
Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Essence Magazine

“Our gratitude to Nadine Hack for what she created for us in Carnegie Hall has no measure. Nadine, in her unstinting efforts to turn the event into a fitting memorial to victims of September 11th, revealed a passionate, visionary, organizational genius that left us in awe.”

Maestro Benjamin Zander
Conductor, Boston Philharmonic

“Nadine has a unique insight to draw together those that might not be able on their own to see the benefits of working together to get the most difficult things done. I was amazed as she convened US congressional leaders, the California governor, Oakland mayor, CEOs of Clorox and other key CA-based companies along with disparate citizen activists — Daughters of the American Revolution and Black Panthers — motivating them to work together for statewide urban renewal that benefited all.”

Paul Cobb
Publisher, Post News Group

“It is particularly gratifying to Volkswagen when we have a successful corporate partnership as we had with the United Nations at Expo 2000. This was the result of the sensitive leadership provided by beCause CEO Nadine Hack, who from the beginning carefully listened to our desires and, by assembling and guiding an international team, oversaw production and operation of a multi-media high-tech pavilion with which we were very proud to be affiliated as a key corporate sponsor.”

Maresa Wischenbart-Backhaus
Vice President, Volkswagen, Germany

“Nadine Hack is the organizer extraordinaire! She has the uncanny ability to assemble exactly the right people and bring together unique partnerships. Her exceptionally clear ability to envision what doesn’t yet exist, but should, goes in advance of reality, and changes reality.”

Gloria Steinem
Founder, MS Magazine

“Working with Nadine and her company has helped us formulate and bring to life some of our most innovative ideas. beCause under her leadership is creative, knowledgeable, entrepreneurial, collaborative, organized and diligent. I respect her special capacity to be idealistic and realistic simultaneously, allowing us to dream big and then translate that vision into achievable projects.”

Peggy Dulany
Chair, Synergos Institute

“My years of experience as a corporate executive have taught me how critical it is for companies to make use of the best strategic thinkers to become positioned as leaders in their market. I know of no one more capable than Nadine Hack and beCause to help companies do this, particularly with innovative organizational change management and cause related marketing initiatives.”

Jerilyn Asher,
Co-Founder and EVP of Jibo, Inc.

“I have relied on the visionary counsel of Nadine Hack for decades, since she first helped me in the 1970's formulate and implement many renewable resource concepts that still thrive today. These early cutting-edge initiatives and her ongoing insights clarified the principles and informed the blueprint for Global Green Plans worldwide. She can help others expand into the global arena.”

Huey Johnson
2001 UNEP Sasakawa Environmental Prize Laureate

“The need for companies to work in partnership with viable non-profit organizations and to support governmental initiatives has become ever more important. Nadine knows that relationships you create with other sectors can provide important values for your company including employee volunteerism and strategic community, national or global input in decisions affecting business.”

Ingrid Saunders Jones
Senior Vice President, Coca Cola

“Nadine Hack has an extraordinary network of people domestic and abroad who trust her judgment and follow her guidance. Her friends and acquaintances include heads of state, members of cabinets and parliaments, other senior government officials, as well as corporate and civic leaders.”

Ambassador Andrew Young
Chairman, Goodworks International

“Early in my professional career, I learned so much about how to organize and run a meeting from Nadine Hack. She hired me to be the executive director of a committee she chaired. The co-chairs she recruited included Bob Rubin, Arthur Levitt and Roger Altman, all who later were in the US Cabinet.  Her presence as a speaker is remarkable. She masterfully led this group in a crisp weekly meeting that accomplished extraordinary results.”

Michael Schlein
President Of International Franchise Management, Citigroup

“Nadine Hack understands the importance of corporate social responsibility goals that companies seek to achieve. She is strategic in her approach and thorough in her implementation to help clients distill and achieve objectives that are consistent with their core business model. It has always been a pleasure to work with her and I am always enchanted by her scintillating presentations.”

Richard Matzke
Board Vice Chairman, Chevron Texaco Corporation

“Nadine B. Hack mesmerized every group we had her speak in front of and provided the strategic leadership that guided our complex process of developing powerful branding and message delivery for a client with multiple stakeholders holding extremely divergent views. We could not have done it without her.”

Janet Riccio
Executive Vice President, Omnicom Group Of Companies

Nadine Hack’s Accomplishments

Nadine was given the 2002 New York Women’s Agenda Star Award in the Hilton Ballroom, in front of three thousand five hundred people. She has accepted numerous awards including International Outstanding Achievement, Woman of the Year, and Inspiration Award for lifetime achievement presented at the Säid Business School of Oxford University. Her definition of organizational trust is included in the book Trust - Strategies for Building Your Most Valuable Asset by Barbara Brooks Kimmel (Editor). Nadine Hack was the first woman to be Executive-in-Residence at IMD Business School where she maintains an affiliation.

The IMD executive education programs include one-on-one intensives with senior executives and deep dives for business groups. This is often done in role of “designated challenger” to help them chart their future.  While she was Executive-in-Residence she distilled her internationally known pioneering work on engagement leadership and its framework Strategic Relational Engagement (SRE™) into teachable lessons. The education programs are designed to improve stakeholder engagement within and among entities and sectors to increase productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Global CEO Magazine ranked Nadine Hack her nine of the Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders in the world. While SustMeme ranked her 62 of the Top 500 CSR Influencers internationally. She was also named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trustworthy Business Behaviour globally. Nadine earned the award so often that she now has a Lifetime Trust Award!