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Edie Weiner is president of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc., a leading futurist consulting group in the United States. Formed in 1977, WEB has served over 300 clients (corporate, academic, government) in identifying opportunities in the areas of marketing, product development, strategic planning, investments, human resources, public affairs and advertising. Clients have ranged from the U.S. Congress to many of the Fortune 500.
Ms. Weiner has been in the field of issues analysis and strategic planning for 30 years, having directed the first industry-wide futures research program -- the Trend Analysis Program of the American Council of Life Insurance. She is acknowledged as one of the most influential practitioners of social, technological, political and economic intelligence-gathering.
Ms. Weiner was the youngest outside woman ever elected to the board of directors of a major financial institution when she joined the board of Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (now LJNUM Corporation) in 1978 at the age of 29. She has been a guest lecturer at Wharton, Harvard, Brown and a number of other universities. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Harvard Business Review, The Futurist, and The Wall Street Journal. She has co-authored three books with her partner Arnold Brown: Supermanaging (McGraw-Hill 1984), Office Biology (MasterMedia 1993), and Insider's Guide to. the Future (Bottom Line, 1997). Aside from speaking at several hundred conferences, and appearing on a variety of television and radio shows, Ms. Weiner has conducted a number of seminars for corporate leaders and written reports on topics as diverse as the Underground Economy, Life-Extending Technologies, Marketplace 200 1, New Information and Communication Technologies, The Future of Leisure, and Barter and Countertrade.
In 1992 she founded and chaired the Esteem Teams, an innovative program in which dozens of inner city, at risk girls are mentored by executive women for their entire adolescence.
Currently she serves on numerous Boards including First UNUM Corp., the Jos6 Lim6n Dance Foundation (Chair), and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In the past, she has served on the Boards of many additional organizations, including UNUM Corporation, CompUSA, and the Fashion Group International. She is a member of the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, and the Panel of Experts: Boardroom Inc.'s Bottom Line Personal. She served on the American Marketing Association's Presidential Panel on Marketing in the Year 2000, also editing the book that resulted from that Panel: "Marketing 2000 and Beyond." She serves on the Advisory Board of Avon's Women of Enterprise Awards, has been President of Trends, and is Chair of the New York Chapter of the newly forming National Museum of Women's History. Ms. Weiner is a member of the Women's Forum, and she is the first recipient of the Fashion Group Intnl.'s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1998).