About the Leadership Team

Alongside the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter, this blog is designed to act as a forum for business leaders interested in the exchange of insights and ideas. Visit us often for advice and creative strategies from SmartBrief editors, readers and contributors eager to share ideas and success stories.

We look forward to your participation in this collaboration.


Our Editors:

James daSilva – Senior Editor
James daSilva is a senior editor at SmartBrief and manages SmartBlog on Leadership. He edits SmartBrief’s newsletters on leadership and entrepreneurship, among others. Before joining SmartBrief, he was copy desk chief at a daily newspaper in New York. You can find him on Twitter discussing leadership and management issues @SBLeaders.

Jennifer Hicks – Editor
Jennifer Hicks edits SmartBrief newsletters on construction, green building and freight railroads, among other areas. Before joining SmartBrief, she was a college professor for 12 years and owner of a consulting business that worked with government agencies and Fortune 100 companies on improving the content and usability of their website. She considers herself very fortunate to live on Cape Cod. You can follow her on Twitter @SB_AEC.

Bryan McBournie – Editor
Bryan McBournie edits SmartBrief newsletters on energy issues. Before joining SmartBrief, he worked as a reporter for SNL Energy, covering the natural gas industry and a local newspaper in Maryland, covering everything from planning and zoning issues to new businesses. He tweets @SB_Energy.

Sam Taute – Editor
Sam Taute edits SmartBrief on Workforce and other newsletters and contributes to SmartBlogs. A former intern at SmartBrief, he graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Julia Russell – Associate editor
Julia Russell edits retail newsletters and writes about anything from city management issues to the pharmaceuticals industry at SmartBrief. She graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park and did media research for cloud-based marketing software provider Vocus before joining SmartBrief.

Ben Whitford – Contributing Editor
Ben Whitford is a contributing editor at SmartBrief. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Mother Jones, Slate and the Guardian.

Mike Figliuolo – Contributor
Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS. Prior to launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. His is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and author of the leadership book “One Piece of Paper.”