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J. Robert Beyster


Dr. J. Robert Beyster founded Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in 1969, and served as the company's chairman and CEO for 35 years. During Dr. Beyster's time at the helm, SAIC grew from a small startup with a handful of scientists into a diversified and global employee-owned company with 43,000 employees and more than $8 billion in annual revenue. Dr. Beyster’s legacy of promoting innovation and employee ownership is continued through the Foundation for Enterprise Development (, which he founded in 1986, the Beyster Institute at the University of California, San Diego, and the Beyster Fellows at University of Michigan and Rutgers University.


He received numerous honors during the course of his lifetime, including the Horatio Alger Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young, the Spirit of San Diego award from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and a lifetime achievement award from the University of California, San Diego’s CONNECT program. Dr. Beyster also authored Names, Numbers, and Network Solutions and The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company.

Peter Economy


Peter Economy is a best-selling business author, ghostwriter, developmental editor, and publishing consultant with more than 60 books to his credit. He has also served as Associate Editor for the New York City-based Leader to Leader magazine since 2001, writes a weekly column on management for, is a member of the National Advisory Council of The Art of Science Learning, and is a founding member of the board of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes.

Mary Ann Beyster

Editor & Publisher

Mary Ann Beyster is the Manager of Beyster Ventures and of Yellow Warbler Media, a film company to advance stories of social entrepreneurs. She was President of the Foundation for Enterprise Development from 2005 to 2017, and advanced entrepreneurship and science and technology innovation through broad-based ownership models. She is an educator at universities and for small business on topics of technology transition, organizing and financing growth, and broad-based ownership. She was the strategic adviser on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology transition support program, an executive member of the San Diego’s Regional Innovation Cluster, and founder of a global fellowship program focused on employee ownership and participation. She is a producer and producer/director of two publicly broadcasted and award-winning documentary films, We the Owners and The Kitchenistas of National City that capture stories of social entrepreneurs across industries and in community health.

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