Past Programming

Snapshot of Guests and Topics

Past Guests

June 1

Paul Schaut is a serial CEO turned professional board director for the past nine years, experienced in working with public and private companies anchored in technology and the convergence of digital with traditional marketing, at various stages of company lifecycles. His current board engagements include Label Insight, Aginity, Share This, Zumobi, Omnilync and Fluid.

He brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing and executive management experience coupled with a deep expertise in technology, digital and mobile marketing industries. His portfolio of board services help CEO’s and investors leverage my operational experience and network to assist in board and/or management alignment, business development expansion, M&A, strategy and execution along with the many other daily challenges faced by CEO’s.

Dr. Patricia J. Harned is chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). Dr. Harned oversees ECI’s research agenda and its networking and conference events. She also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C., and speaks and writes frequently as an expert on ethics in the workplace, corporate governance and global integrity. Dr. Harned advises CEOs and directors on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.

Dr. Harned has served as a consultant to many leading organizations, including Penn State University, BP and the New York Stock Exchange. She was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014, and was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in both 2010 and 2011 by the non-profit organization Trust Across America. Dr. Harned holds a Bachelor of Science in education degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a Master of Education degree from Indiana University and a Doctorate in the Philosophy of education from the University of Pittsburgh.

May 25

Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. She received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. Sandberg serves on the boards of Facebook, The Walt Disney Company, Survey Monkey, ONE, and Women for Women International, and chairs the board of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. She lives with her two children in northern California.

Adam Grant is a psychologist and Wharton professor. As the New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s twenty-five most influential management thinkers and received distinguished scholarly achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation. He serves as a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times. Grant received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife and three children in the Philadelphia area.

May 18

Peter Georgescu is chairman emeritus of Young & Rubicam, which has more than 300 offices around the globe; vice chairman of New York Presbyterian Hospital; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a graduate of Princeton and Stanford. Georgescu has been a director of 7 public companies including IFF, Toys R Us, and Levi Strauss. He contributes regularly to Forbes and is the author of the new book, Capitalists Arise!.

Bernie Swain is co-founder and Chairman of Washington Speakers Bureau and today’s foremost authority on the lecture industry. Over the past 35 years, he has represented former US Presidents, American and world leaders, journalists, authors, business visionaries, and sports legends.


May 13

Eric M. Stone is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Velano Vascular. A patient advocate and serial healthcare entrepreneur, Stone currently serves as National Trustee and a Committee Chair of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Prior to Velano, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Molecular Health, and earlier in his career launched a series of pioneering interventional cardiology devices for Abbott while based in Brussels, Belgium and California. Stone was a founding member of Model Nʼs (NYSE: MODN) Life Sciences division, where he led marketing and business development. Stone began his career in Marketing with Trilogy Software, and has since co-founded social sector programs at Harvard and Wharton. He served for a decade on Harvard Universityʼs Alumni Association (HAA) Board of Directors. Stone is a Director of Vigilant Biosciences and an Advisor to numerous healthcare upstarts. Stone received an MBA from The Wharton School, a Masterʼs from Harvard University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and children in San Francisco.

Evan Wittenberg is the SVP of People at Box, a public cloud content management software company with ~1500 employees in 14 countries. As Box’s chief people officer he is responsible for finding, growing and keeping the company’s world-class talent and maintaining it’s distinct culture during this period of hyper-growth. Specific functional responsibilities include recruiting, learning and development, org. design, performance management, people operations, and total rewards. Previously, Evan was the Director of the Graduate Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In this role he was responsible for all of the leadership development activities for the school’s 1,600 M.B.A.s, taught the core course in Leadership and Teamwork, and ran the school’s outdoor experiential leadership learning program, the Wharton Leadership Ventures. Evan received his BA with Distinction in Psychology and English Literature from Swarthmore College, and his M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton School, specializing in Strategic Change Management. 

April 27

Barry Lipman is former partner at Goldfarb & Lipman and is the founder of the Lipman Family Prize. He graduated from Wharton in 1970 and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in 1975.  In 1981 he helped found Goldfarb & Lipman, a San Francisco Bay Area legal firm specializing in real estate. But his time now is spent as an investor and philanthropist, and it was his commitment to the greater social good that led Barry and his wife Marie to create this prize. The global nature of the prize and its focus on knowledge dissemination align perfectly with the institutional assets and goals of the University of Pennsylvania.  

Jeannine Lisitski has been the Executive Director and President of Women Against Abuse since 2009. She supervises all executive level staff at Women Against Abuse, as well as the prevention, policy and legal center directors, and provides leadership and strategic direction for agency functions and initiatives. She has worked for more than 24 years in the nonprofit sector, focusing on issues of poverty, violence, behavioral health, and homelessness. Jeannine has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a Ph.D Candidate (ABD), in Social Work and Social Research.

Nina Dudnik is the Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs. She began building Seeding Labs as a graduate student in 2003, and in 2006 she was a finalist in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. In 2007 she was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship to formally launch and expand Seeding Labs. Since then, she has won numerous awards, including a 2017 “Innovation All Star” Award from the Boston Business Journal. She received her B.S. in biochemistry from Brown University and her PhD in molecular biology from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Laura Stachel is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of We Care Solar. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist with 14 years of clinical experience. She received her M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and her M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley. She was the P.I. on a MacArthur Foundation project on We Care Solar Suitcase usage in Nigeria and Uganda, and was a co-investigator for a collaborative Population Council study that assessed the standard of maternity care in Nigerian state hospitals. Laura has won numerous awards, including the Top-Ten 2013 CNN Heroes award.

April 6

Greg Behrman is the Founder and CEO of NationSwell, a social impact media company dedicated to powering the solutions and innovations that will move our country forward. Behrman was also the founder and Director of The CT Heroes Project, which has made big strides in veteran homelessness in CT.  Behrman served a one year military deployment in Afghanistan, served for several years in the Policy Planning Staff at the US State Department, and is the author of two books (one on the Marshall Plan and one on the U.S. response to AIDS in Africa).  He lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife Caitlin, a nurse, and his two children Claire and Tyler.

Nate Bennett joined the faculty of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in the summer of 2012. He became the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the fall of 2014. Bennett has more than 20 years of experience designing and delivering high-impact leadership development programs. Current and past clients include Schneider Electric, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, McGladrey, GEICO, UnitedHealth Group, CHS, Lockheed-Martin, GE, St. Jude Medical, McKesson, Regions Bank, Rollins, and NCR. His current research interests involve power, leadership selection and development, top management team effectiveness, and leadership transitions. 

March 30

Sam Waldheim is the Vice President of Admissions at Teach for America, where he oversees a team of 24 responsible for creating and refining the processes, policies and procedures for selecting and matriculating Teach For America’s corps each year. He began his career with Teach For America teaching science at Abramson High School in New Orleans.  Sean is a graduate of Macalester College, with a degree in neuroscience and a minor in political science. 

Kara Chambers has worked for The Motley Fool for about 10 years. She started in recruiting and now measures employee engagement. Founded in 1993, The Motley Fool’s goal is to help people attain financial freedom through its website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services. The company has been recognized nationally as one of the best places to work in the U.S.

Lee Burbage has been with The Motley Fool for 17 years and works in organizational development. One of his proudest achievements is the founding of the Foolish Soccer team.



Laxman Narasimhan is the chief executive officer of PepsiCo Latin America. He leads PepsiCo’s food and beverage business across Latin America and reports to PepsiCo Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi. He has an MA in German and International Studies from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, where he was designated a Palmer Scholar.

March 23

Frans Johansson is an entrepreneur, creative thinker, and acclaimed international speaker who has lived all his life at the Intersection. Raised in Sweden by his Swedish father and African American/Cherokee mother and educated at Brown University and Harvard Business School, he has started a health-care business, a software company, a hedge fund, and an innovation firm. In addition to The Medici Effect, Frans is the author of The Click Moment (2012). He is also the founder and CEO of The Medici Group. Frans lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Anthony DiSilvestro is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Campbell Soup. He is responsible for Campbell’s global finance group, encompassing controllers, treasury, external development, tax, real estate, corporate audit, investor relations, and the business unit finance functions. He earned his B.A. degree in economics from Dartmouth College, and his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

March 16

Friederike Fabritius is a neuroscientist and an Associate Partner of the Munich Leadership Group. As an executive coach and leadership specialist, she has extensive expertise working with top executives from multinational corporations such as Bayer, Audi, Montblanc, EY, and ThyssenKrupp. Many of her clients have described her seminars as “life-changing” and “highly applicable”. Friederike is also a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed large audiences at corporate events at Siemens and Thyssen Krupp.

 Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning. He co-authored the book Boards That Lead: When to Take Chare, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way with Michael Useem, Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management.

March 2

Brad Stone is the senior executive editor of global technology at Bloomberg News and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. That book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, was translated into 26 languages and won the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His new book is entitled, The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World. Brad has covered Silicon Valley for more than 15 years and lives in San Francisco.


Catherine Tinsley, Ph.D., is a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Faculty Director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute, Academic Director of Georgetown McDonough’s Executive Master’s in Leadership program, and a Senior Policy Scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Tinsley is an expert on gender intelligent leadership, gender parity and workforce development, negotiations, and decision making. For the past two years, she participated in The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland where she spoke about the role of confidence in women’s economic empowerment. In 2012 and 2013, she partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to study a decade of gender in the C-suite—researching how women fared relative to men in publicly traded companies from 2000-2010.

She is currently doing field research with two Fortune 500 firms and one Fortune 100 firm, analyzing the implications of various corporate policies and structures for women’s advancement. Tinsley also has collaborated with the White House and U.S. State Department to execute a woman-to-woman mentorship summit and has partnered with the U.S. State Department and the Council of Women World Leaders to convene the first ever world-wide meeting of the Ministers of Women’s Affairs.

She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and her BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
February 16


Kate Allison is the Founder and CEO of the Karma Agency a Philadelphia-based communications and content agency. She has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to venture enterprises providing strategic planning, leadership communications, public affairs, earned media, issues and crisis management and community relations. She founded Alta Communications in 1999, the foremother of the Karma Agency. Previously, as the managing director of the Philadelphia office of Golin/Harris, she directed communication programs for global companies including dominant brands in financial services, health care, higher education, manufacturing, non-profits, environment, and consumer products. Before going agency-side, Kate spent 10 years at a super-regional bank and was Vice President of Public Affairs. Consistently called on by executive leaders, Kate provides counsel and strategic plans to build and protect the reputations of a diverse range of companies and organizations.

Active in civic and community affairs, Kate is vice chair of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation, a member of the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council and a founding member of the Paradigm Award for Business Leadership and Excellence sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She was the 2004 recipient of the Ethos Award for Character and Excellence in Communications presented by Villanova University. A Villanova University graduate, she also worked as a legislative assistant in the Washington office of then-U.S. Rep. Al Gore, Jr.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as a leading practitioner for peak performance coaching. He has a cutting edge approach to coaching and maximizing performance by combining bio-mechanics, predictive analysis, and methods to master the mental game on the field and in business. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ best-seller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black.

During his years as a Major League pitching coach with the Oakland A’s (during the Moneyball years), the New York Mets, and the Milwaukee Brewers, he has coached Hall of Famers, All Stars, and Cy Young Award Winners including Hall of Fame pitchers, Tommy Glavine, Pedro Martínez, Trevor Hoffman, as well as Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Al Leiter, Tim Hudson, Jim Abbott, Billy Wagner, Johnny Franco, and many others. He has also worked with many other elite athletes like Roger Clemens and Michael Jordan.

As a sought-after motivational and inspirational speaker, he frequently appears on national radio and television shows—ESPN, Bloomberg TV, MLB (Major League Baseball) Network, Fox Business, Wharton Moneyball on Sirius XM—to share his expertise.


February 2

Kathy DeBoer has been Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association since 2006, and membership has doubled during her tenure. She’s widely credited for leading the effort to get Beach Volleyball recognized as a collegiate sport.  She’s also a nationally-known speaker on the impact of gender on competitive behavior in business and sports settings, and we’ll talk about her book Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently, tonight. She spent eighteen years at the University of Kentucky, first as head volleyball coach, and finishing as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs.

In her 12 years as Head Coach of Minnesota’s Division-1 team, Pam Borton guided the Golden Gophers to a Final Four, three Sweet Sixteens, and six NCAA Tournament appearances.  Borton was the first coach in Big Ten history to lead a school to 25 or more wins in each of her first three seasons—three of her former players were selected for the WNBA draft. Borton is also the President and co-founder of TeamWomenMN, a non-profit founded in 2011 that focuses on “coaching emerging women leaders at all levels”. Currently Borton is an International Coaches Federation (ICF) senior executive coach.  Borton is a Global Leadership Consultant for Borton Partners and has a proven track record of success with C-suite executives, senior level leaders, business teams, athletic coaches, and organization.


January 26

Howard Means is a graduate of UVA and was Senior Writer for Washingtonian magazine from 1977-1982 and Senior Editor from 1989-2000. In between, he was Critic at Large and an editorial board member for the Orlando Sentinel and an op-ed columnist for King Features Syndicate. At the Washingtonian, he won three William Allen White Medals for feature writing. Among his earlier books are the first biography of Colin Powell; Money & Power: The History of Business, companion piece to the CNBC documentary of the same name and translated into Chinese, Japanese, and many other languages; a novel, CSA, optioned for an ABC mini-series; The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation; and most recently, Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, and the American Story.

For more than 15 years Eduardo Braun has traveled the globe and interviewed–both on-stage and before cameras–world-renowned management leaders, heads of state, and top academics and entrepreneurs, including personalities such as Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jack Welch, among others. People First Leadership is the result of these many conversations, where he shares intimate stories and practical life lessons of successful leaders who use culture and emotion to drive unprecedented results, and introduces a new vision of leadership where The New CEO -Chief Emotions Officer- establishes stronger connections that get better results and create a culture of inspiration and success. Eduardo has an MBA from the Wharton School.

January 19

Mark A. Turner has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Mr. Turner was previously both the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of WSFS. Prior to joining WSFS in 1996, he worked at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp and at the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP.

WSFS is a multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded financial organization (NASDAQ:WSFS), the largest bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley, and the 7th oldest bank in the U.S.

Mr. Turner received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Management from  LaSalle University (Philadelphia). Among other executive leadership programs, Mr. Turner has studied at National Training Labs, Aspen Institute, Gallup University, Toyota University, Center for Creative Leadership, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Buckley School for Public Speaking.

Mr. Turner is an active leader in his communities. Among others activities, he has served as: Chairman of the Board of Delaware Business Roundtable (DBRT); a member of U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s Advisory Council (FAC); Chairman of the Board of Delaware Bankers Association (DBA); a member of Executive Committee of the Board of Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC); a member of the Board of Trustees of  Delaware State University (DSU); a member of the Board of Directors of Delaware Alliance for Non-Profit Advancement (DANA); a member of the Board of Advisors of Teach for America (TFA), Delaware; and a founding member of both Delaware Talent  Live (DTL) and Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA).

Josh Seiden is a designer, consultant, and coach who helps companies create new digital products and services. He is the author of the new book, Sense & Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously with Jeff Gothelf, out February 7th from Harvard Business Review Press. In his 25-year career he’s worked with start-ups, large organizations, and enterprises of all sizes, whether in Silicon Valley or on Wall Street. He is a founder and past President of the Interaction Design Association.
January 12

A native of Texas, CSM (R) Gretchen G. Evans entered the United States Army in September 1979. Shortly after completing Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO and Intelligence Analysis School at Fort Huachuca, AZ she reported to Heidelberg, German where she was assigned an Intelligence Analysis for the Command in Chief, Europe. She was a lead analyst in the Peacetime Aerial Reconnaissance Program responsible for directing aerial reconnaissance for multiple platforms to include the SR-71 aircraft.

During her tenure with the Arkansas National Guard, she mobilized units on 11 September 2001, and was the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of securing all airports and military installations for the state of Arkansas. She later became the personal security officer for Governor Mike Huckabee.

CSM Evans awards include: the Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals, campaign medals from Grenada, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous other citations and medals for action. CSM Evans currently works for Emory Healthcare Veterans Program as the Lead, Veterans Outreach Coordinator and serves as a member of the Executive Board for America’s VETDOGS. She has a hearing service dog named Aura.

CSM Evans retired with 27 years of total service and currently resides with her husband, Robert in Decatur, GA.


Jeffrey Pfeffer  is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1979.  Pfeffer is the author or co-author of 14 books on topics including power in organizations, managing people, evidence-based management and The Knowing-Doing Gap.  His latest book, Leadership B.S.:  Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, was published in September, 2015.  Author of more than 150 articles and book chapters, Pfeffer has won numerous awards for his scholarly research, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Pfeffer has taught seminars in 39 countries and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, London Business School, Singapore Management University, and IESE in Barcelona.  Prior to joining Stanford, he was on the faculty at the business schools at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois.  Pfeffer has served on the board of directors of several human capital software companies as well as other public and private company and non-profit boards.

December 16

Harbir Singh, coauthor of The India Way and the Strategic Leader’s Checklist, is Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include corporate governance, strategic management, alliances, innovation, and strategies for corporate acquisitions.

Harbir Singh, coauthor of The India Way, is Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include corporate governance, strategic management, alliances, innovation, and strategies for corporate acquisitions.

Deepak Advani is the Managing Director of the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman. He focuses on the Software and Technology sector – the biggest area of investment for the $35+B firm with 80+investments. Before this he was head of IBM’s predictive analysis group, which included the $1.2B SPSS acquisition. that he owned the strategy and product development mission for IBM’s business analytics

From 2005 to 2009, Deepak was the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of eCommerce for Lenovo. Before joining Lenovo, Deepak worked at IBM for 13 years where he held several global executive positions.

Deepak has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wright State University. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He serves on advisory boards at Wharton and Yale universities. He also holds three patents in the computing and software visualization sector. Deepak is a member of the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board.

October 27

GleasonPeter Gleason is President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the only membership organization devoted exclusively to serving the information and educational needs of corporate directors. Mr. Gleason also serves as Treasurer for the NACD Board of Directors and oversees NACD’s Research Department, which produces guidance on leading practices to enhance board performance.

Mr. Gleason is a recognized expert on board leadership and corporate governance. He serves as a member of NACD’s national faculty, is regularly quoted in the national media, and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of corporate governance, executive and director compensation, risk, strategic planning, board-shareowner relations, and board evaluation. He has served as a Commissioner on every NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report issued over the past 14 years, including the most recent releases on Strategy Development, Talent Development, and Board Diversity.

Mr. Gleason is currently a member of the Board of Nura Health, Inc., a development-stage health care company, serves as Chair of the International Professional Practices Framework Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and is a director of the Capital Area Chapter of NACD. He was formerly a director of The Patriot Fund and was also a member of the Executive Advisory Panel for the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG).

Before joining NACD, Mr. Gleason was a management consultant with both Ernst & Young and Pritchett & Associates. In addition, Mr. Gleason spent eight years in the Research Department at Institutional Shareholder Services including roles as Vice President and Director of U.S. Research.

Mr. Gleason is a graduate of Dartmouth College, has an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Virginia Tech, and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.


Art Collins retired from Medtronic in 2008.  He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic, Inc. in 2001 and became Chairman of the Board in 2002.  He was elected Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors in 1994 and President in 1996. Medtronic is the largest medical technology company in the world with annual revenues of about $29 billion.  Conducting business in more than 120 countries, Medtronic’s employment currently exceeds 92,000. He joined the company in 1992 as Corporate Executive Vice President and President of Medtronic International with responsibility for all Medtronic operations outside the United States.  During his tenure as CEO and COO, Medtronic’s revenues and earnings per share both grew at an annual compound growth rate in excess of 15 percent.

Mr. Collins joined Medtronic from Abbott Laboratories where he had been Corporate Vice President with responsibility for Abbott’s worldwide diagnostic business units since 1986.  He commenced his 14-year career with Abbott in 1978 as Manager of Corporate Planning and Development and moved to the Diagnostics Division a year later where he subsequently held a number of general management positions in the United States and Europe.  He was elected a corporate officer in 1989.

Mr. Collins received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the undergraduate faculty. Mr. Collins currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Alcoa, Inc., The Boeing Company, Cargill, Inc. and US Bancorp, where he is the lead director.  He served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Board of Visitors for the Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

October 12

Teresa Bryce Bazemore is President of Radian Guaranty Inc., Radian Group Inc.’s principal mortgage insurance subsidiary.  As President, Ms. Bazemore is responsible for all domestic and international mortgage insurance business operations.  Prior to her appointment as President, Ms. Bazemore was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer and Secretary for Radian Group, a global credit risk management company.  She has previously served in senior mortgage roles at Bank of America and PNC Bank.

Ms. Bazemore is on the Board of the US Mortgage Insurers.  She serves on the Mortgage Bankers Board of Directors and on the Mortgage Bankers Residential Board of Governors.  Ms. Bazemore has also previously served as a member of the Economic Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve, the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council, the Home Builders Institute, the Advisory Committee of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators as well as Board Chair of the Research Institute for Housing America.  Ms. Bazemore is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Columbia University School of Law.

Angela Duckworth author photo Zach TerisAngela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert in non-I.Q. competencies, she has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to her career in research, she taught children math and science and was the co-founder of a summer school for low-income children that won the Better Government Award from the state of Massachusetts. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. More recently, she co-founded the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development in children. GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book.


October 6

EvaMoskowitzEva Moskowitz, a long-time Harlem resident and mother of three, is founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest-performing charter school network in New York City. In 2006, Ms. Moskowitz launched her first school in Harlem, and in ten years, her network has grown to 41 schools serving 14,000 children in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

Success Academy schools serve a high-poverty population, yet they consistently outperform New York’s most affluent school districts. On the most recent state exams, Success schools ranked in the top 0.3% of all New York schools in math and the top 1.5% in reading. On the math exam, the five highest scoring schools were all Success Academies. Since 2012, the U.S. Department of Education has named four Success Academies as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Ms. Moskowitz’s leadership in education reform began with her service as a member of the New York City Council. As chair of the Council’s Education Committee, she visited hundreds of city schools and was known for her investigatory hearings. No aspect of public education – from lighting quality to teacher practice – was too insignificant or too controversial to be explored. Success Academy’s distinctive school design, teaching, and curriculum grew out of those experiences, as did Ms. Moskowitz’s forceful advocacy for national reform. After completing her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in American history at Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Moskowitz was a history professor and taught civics at Prep for Prep, a program for gifted minority students.

GretchenEvansA native of Texas, CSM (R) Gretchen G. Evans entered the United States Army in September 1979.

Shortly after completing Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO and Intelligence Analysis School at Fort Huachuca, AZ she reported to Heidelberg, German where she was assigned an Intelligence Analysis for the Command in Chief, Europe. She was a lead analyst in the Peacetime Aerial Reconnaissance Program responsible for directing aerial reconnaissance for multiple platforms to include the SR-71 aircraft.

CSM Evans was then selected to attend the Counterintelligence Program at Fort Huachuca to become a Counterintelligence Agent. Following this came her assignment to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA where she studied German and Italian. Following graduation from language school, she was assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Group, Field Office Vicenza, Italy. She was directly involved in the pursuit and subsequent release of General Dozier from his kidnappers.

CSM Evans awards include: the Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals, campaign medals from Grenada, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous other citations and medals for action.

CSM Evans currently works for Emory Healthcare Veterans Program as the Lead, Veterans Outreach Coordinator and serves as a member of the Executive Board for America’s VETDOGS. CSM Evans retired with 27 years of total service and currently resides with her husband, Robert in Decatur, GA.

September 28

riordanAnne O’Riordan is the senior managing director of Accenture’s Life Sciences industry group with responsibility for growing and developing the global Life Sciences practice. She has more than 24 years of experience in the life sciences industry and has lived and worked in each of Accenture’s operating units: North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Anne has dedicated her career to working with Life Sciences companies around the world. Between 2008 and 2012, Anne led the Life Sciences practice in Asia Pacific and focused on strategic client development, market entry and business transformation. Previously, Anne led the European Health & Life Sciences business, working with clients across all European countries on significant regional transformation initiatives.

She has significant experience with front and back office transformations for life sciences clients including business and IT strategy, sales and marketing optimization, ERP implementation, R&D transformation, business process outsourcing, application outsourcing and infrastructure transformation on a global, regional and local basis.

She has a BSc in Biotechnology with a double major in Molecular Genetics and Biochemical Engineering and a minor in Marketing, as well as a postgraduate degree in Financial Accounting and MIS from the University of Galway, Ireland.

She is based in Hong Kong and is an active member of The Women’s Foundation and is one of two chief judges for the AmCham Women of Influence Awards. Together with Jeff Elton, she has cowritten a book, entitled Healthcare Disrupted: Next Generation Business Models and Strategies. 

JeffEltonJeff Elton is managing director and global head, Predictive Health Intelligence. He has over 20 years of experience as a global executive and consultant in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Prior to Accenture, he was global COO and SVP Strategy for the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research overseeing R&D operations in the US, Europe and Asia.

Prior to Novartis Jeff was a senior partner at McKinsey in the Medical Products & Pharmaceuticals practice, focused on R&D. He was also founding CEO, board member and senior advisor to five early stage companies in personalized oncology management, oncology diagnostics, protein therapeutics, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes and nanotherapeutics.

Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics and Marketing and an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Together with Anne O’Riordan, he has cowritten a book, entitled Healthcare Disrupted: Next Generation Business Models and Strategies. 

August 18

fishmanjayJay Fishman is employed as Chairman of the Board of Travelers, a position he has held since December 2015. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer from the April 2004 merger of The St. Paul Companies, Inc. with Travelers Property Casualty Corp., and he assumed the additional role of Chairman in September 2005. From October 2001 until April 2004, Fishman was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The St. Paul Companies. He held several key executive posts at Citigroup from 1998 to October 2001, including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Travelers insurance business. Starting in 1989, he worked as an executive at Primerica Corporation, which became part of Citigroup. Fishman is a director of ExxonMobil Corporation.

He is Chairman of the Board of New York City Ballet and serves on the Board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is a trustee of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in accounting from the Wharton School.

Professor Mary-Hunter (Mae) McDonnellProfessor Mary-Hunter (“Mae”) McDonnell studies organizational behavior within challenging institutional contexts, such as contentious social environments and uncertain regulatory environments.   Her research primarily draws on organizational theory and political sociology to explore political interactions between corporations and their myriad stakeholders. In particular, she is interested in how a company’s interactions with its stakeholders shape corporate social activity and non-market strategy. Her work also sheds light on the mechanisms that stakeholders use to enforce social norms for corporations and to punish corporate transgressions.  She has published articles in leading peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science, as well as law reviews including the Cornell Law Review and the Harvard Human Rights Journal.  Her dissertation won the Best Dissertation Prize from Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation, and her work was also awarded the Best Paper Prize at the 2014 Strategic Management Society annual conference.

She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal.  She holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Tim WernerTimothy Werner is an Assistant Professor of Business, Government & Society at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.  Werner’s research interests include corporate political activity, non-market strategy, and corporate social responsibility. In addition to a book on private politics published by Cambridge University Press, his work has appeared in leading journals in management, political science, and law and economics.

July 21

Martin IhrigMartin Ihrig is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and President of I-Space Institute, LLC. He also holds an appointment as Practice Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where he serves as the founding Academic Director of the nation’s first executive master’s degree program in Education Entrepreneurship. He received his Master of Business Studies (First Class Honors) from University College Dublin and his Doctorate in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from Technische Universität Berlin.
Dr. Ihrig consults on the strategic and entrepreneurial management of knowledge (SEM-K) and directs the SEM-K research initiative at Wharton’s Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center. In developing strategy tools for corporate and public sector decision makers, he has worked with organizations such as BAE Systems (USA), The Boeing Company (USA), Vale (Brazil), and Merck (USA). His research projects have been funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (UK), the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN (Switzerland), Tekes (Finland), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA).

Follow Dr. Ihrig on Twitter at @martinihrig

Jules Roy-2Jules Roy is an Associate Director for Wharton Leadership Ventures and is the principal manager of Graduate Ventures and the Venture Fellow Development Program. He facilitates relationships with a variety of mission critical teams and oversees the execution of the Development Workshop Series. He also manages the Veterans Transition Program for The Wharton Leadership Program.

Jules joined the Leadership Program in March of 2015 directly after finishing a 22-year career as an Air Force Pararescue Jumper (PJ). He has served in every conflict since the mid-90s and has led teams to locate and rescue or recover isolated personnel in highly contentious regions and often in the face of extreme environmental circumstances.

Jules earned a B.S. from the State University of New York with a capstone study in experiential education. Jules enjoys art in most mediums, and music in most genres. Jules and his wife Debbie live between New York and Philadelphia and act as lifeguard, dance partner, referee and back seat manager to some impressively energetic kids.
July 14

Raj L. Gupta, Chairman of Delphi Automotive PLC since March 2015. From 1999 – 2009, Mr. Gupta was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rohm and Haas. Mr. Gupta held a variety of posts at the company beginning in 1971. He was elected a vice president of the company and was named director for the Pacific Region in 1993. Early in 1996, Mr. Gupta became one of six members of the Chairman’s Committee and was given oversight responsibility for the company’s Electronic Materials business group. In December 1998, Mr. Gupta was elected to the Board of Directors and named Vice Chairman in January 1999. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 1999. Mr. Gupta assumed the additional title of President in early 2005 and held that title until May 2008.

Mr. Gupta holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (1967), a M.S. degree in Operations Research from Cornell University (1969), and a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University (1972). Mr. Gupta is a past Chairman of the American Chemistry Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section. He is a member of the boards of Tyco, The Vanguard Group, Hewlett-Packard Company, Information Resources Inc. and is Executive Chairman of Avantor Performance Materials Holdings, Inc.

Raj’s new book is titled, “Eight Dollars and A Dream: My American Journey.” Follow it on Twitter @8DollarsDream

LillianCunningham_headshot (002)Lillian Cunningham has been the editor of the Washington Post’s leadership coverage since 2010. In that role, she’s interviewed CEOs and political figures for the On Leadership video series, and she is currently hosting a 44-episode podcast that explores the leadership style and legacy of every single American president.

Follow Lillian on Twitter @lily_cunningham

Jena McGregorJena McGregor has written about management, leadership and workplace issues for the Washington Post’s OnLeadership section since 2010. Previously, she has been a reporter for BusinessWeek, Fast Company and SmartMoney magazines.

Follow Jena on Twitter @jenamcgregor

June 30
The Soccer Without Borders mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. The organization engages the youth in 5 activities: soccer, educational support, civic engagement, team building, and cultural exchange. Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing a newcomer refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.

Mary McVeigh joined SWB from the college coaching and professional ranks, earning her Master’s degree in Sociology from Lehigh University while serving as an Assistant Coach. As a player, Mary led the Dartmouth Big Green to two Sweet Sixteen appearances and national rankings during all four years of her tenure, earning NCAA Division 1 All-America and Scholar All-America honors in 2002. Upon graduation from Dartmouth, McVeigh headed to the professional field as the seventh overall draft pick for the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, joining IBV of the Icelandic Premier league after the WUSA league folded. Under her leadership, Soccer Without Borders has grown by every measure, establishing original infrastructure to create and manage growth and quality. Mary has built programs from the ground up, launching and leading the Granada, Nicaragua program that won the Nike Foundation’s Girl Effect Challenge in 2011, a girl-centered program that has changed the landscape of girls’ soccer in Nicaragua.

She has overseen program development across SWB, and has trained more than 100 coaches in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Egypt, and the United States in best practices. In 2016, Mary was one of 15 former professional female athletes selected for the Women Athletes’ Business Network mentoring program hosted by Ernst & Young and the International Women’s Forum. She has presented at national conferences including the U.S. Soccer Foundation Symposium, the NSCAA Convention, and Hofstra’s Soccer As the Beautiful Game.

Follow them on Twitter: @soccerwoborders

Hope Enterprise is a community development financial institution that provides a substantial number of low-wealth people and communities with the financial tools and resources needed to achieve a better quality of life. For more than 20 years, HOPE provides affordable, responsible financial products and services to families and businesses across the Mid South.

In 1995, Bill Bynum founded the organization as Hope Community Credit Union based out of Anderson United Methodist Church in Jackson, Miss. Bynum wanted to provide a better option for members of his community – many of whom were dependent on predatory payday lenders and pawn shops for financial services. After initially relying on church volunteers to maintain operations, over time, more churches joined HOPE, tripling the credit union membership to over 2,700. In 2001, Bynum made the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta (ECD)—a business loan fund he had organized to create jobs in the Mississippi Delta—the primary sponsor of Hope Credit Union. Today, it is a federally chartered CDFI with over30,000 members from across the Southern U.S. The majority of Hope Credit Union’s members come from disadvantaged communities. The Mississippi territory where HOPE was founded contains one quarter of America’s most persistently impoverished counties, where the poverty rate has exceeded 20%for three decades in a row. Eighty-one percent (81%) percent of HOPE’s membership are minorities and52% come from households earning less than $35,000 per year. Additionally, over 1/3 of HOPE’s members were unbanked when they joined Hope Credit Union. With HOPE, Bynum has given thousands of Americans necessary financial services for the first time in their lives.

Follow them on Twitter: @HopeEnterprise,


Vivek maru profile bio photo hi res croppedNamati envisions a world where the power of law resides in the hands of people. They want a world in which laws and policies reside not only in books or courtrooms, but also on the land, in the home, and within the grasp of every person. Namati is building a global movement of grass roots advocates who give people the power to understand, use, and shape the law. Legal empowerment advocates treat their clients as empowered citizens rather than victims. Instead of “I will solve this problem for you,” the message is: “We will solve this together, and you will grow stronger in the process.

Namati works in three ways: grassroots innovation, global network, and research and advocacy.

Vivek Maru founded Namati in 2011 to grow the movement for legal empowerment around the world. Namati and its partners have built cadres of grassroots legal advocates– also known as “community paralegals”–in eight countries. The advocates have worked with over 40,000 people to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Namati convenes a community of 550+ legal empowerment organizations from all over the world who are collaborating on common challenges and learning from one another. This community successfully advocated for inclusion of access to justice in the new global development framework, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. From 2003 to 2007, Vivek co-founded and co-directed the Sierra Leonean organization Timap for Justice, which has been recognized by the International Crisis Group, Transparency International, and President Jimmy Carter as a pioneering model for delivering justice services in the context of a weak state and a plural legal system. From 2007 to 2011, he served as senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World Bank. His work focused on rule of law reform and governance, primarily in West Africa and South Asia. In 1997-1998 he lived in a hut of dung and sticks in a village in Kutch, his native place, working on watershed management and girls’ education with two grassroots development organizations- Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghatan and Sahjeevan. Vivek graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Yale Law School Vivek serves on the international advisory council of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the advisory board of the evaluation firm ID Insight, and the governing boards of the International Senior Lawyers Project and the public entrepreneurship organization Res Publica. He was an affiliate expert with the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment, and is a term member of the Councilon Foreign Relations. Vivek received the Pioneer Award from the North American South Asian Bar Association in 2008. He was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2014 and a “legal rebel” by the American Bar Association in 2015.

Follow them on Twitter: @globalnamati

June 23

Richard LeblancProfessor Richard Leblanc is one of Canada’s leading experts on corporate governance and accountability. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher, lawyer, public speaker, consultant, and specialist on boards of directors. He has taught at leading universities including Harvard University. He is a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™award; received a teaching award as one of the top five university teachers in Ontario; and was named to Canadian Who’s Who.

Author of dozens of scholarly and practitioner articles, Richard’s work has been described by various faculty at Harvard, Yale, London Business School and elsewhere as “great & much needed,” “wonderful and pragmatic,” “thorough” and “nothing short of remarkable.”

He is the founder of the LinkedIn Group “Boards and Advisors,” with over 20,000 members globally, which is the largest and most active online corporate governance group.  Dr. Leblanc possesses a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA, Canadian and American law degrees, a Masters in Law, and a PhD focusing on corporate governance. He can be reached at, on Twitter at @drrleblanc, or through his LinkedIn group, Boards and Advisors.


Rodrigo-JordánRodrigo Jordán is founding director of Vertical in Chile, an organization devoted to using the mountains as classroom for groups ranging from company mangers to school children. He also directs Fundación Vertical, the non-for-profit arm of Vertical to serve the underprivileged students of the poorest schools in Chile.

Rodrigo is an accomplished mountaineer that has climbed throughout the Andes, summited Mt. Everest by the difficult east face in 1992, and led a Chilean team in 1996 in a successful ascent of K2. In 2002, he led a four-person team in an unsupported 250-mile traverse, much of it unexplored, of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. In 2006, he led a national team of 15 members to the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain.

He received his doctorate in organizational administration from Oxford University, and he teaches Leadership and Decision Making in the MBA program of the Universidad Católica de Chile.  Rodrigo was chosen to be the present chairman of the Chilean National Foundation for the Overcoming of Poverty, the most important NGO dealing with Poverty and Social Development today in Chile. 

June 2


Dr. T.J. Locke became the Head of School at The Episcopal Academy, a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade independent school in Newtown

His move from New Orleans to Newtown Square represents a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Locke, a South Jersey native, who started his teaching career as an eighth and ninth-grade English teacher (and state champion winning volleyball coach) in East Brunswick, N.J. He followed that experience in the Cherry Hill (N.J.) public school system—going from an assistant middle school principal to elementary school principal to the Director of Curriculum for all of the 11,500 students in Cherry Hill’s 19 schools.

A 1993 graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in English, Dr. Locke went on to earn a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Rutgers in 1999 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory in 2005. Dr. Locke serves on the boards of the Educational Records Bureau and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. Dr. Locke is married to Lauren, and they have a daughter, Katie, who is a sixth grader at Episcopal Academy, and twin five-year-old boys, Teddy and Charlie.

Follow Dr. T.J. Locke on Twitter @EA1785 and @TJ_Locke

Dr. Daren Martin is the author of the bestselling A Company of Owners and Whiteboard. His thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title The Culture Architect. Combining humor, thought provoking content, and a dynamic and engaging presentation style, his transformational speaking has inspired audiences to action all over the world. 

May 26

Becky HalsteadBecky Halstead,  retired Brigadier General, United States Army, founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, LLC, following 27 years of service in the U.S. military and her role as Executive Director for a leadership consultancy company.  Becky specializes in inspirational speaking (nationally and internationally; corporate and academic), developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising.  She authored her first book on leadership, 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is YOU.

Becky has over 15 years of executive‐level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany, South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. She is an experienced leader and logistician, a highly effective communicator, and a strategic planner with exceptional organizational skills.

Becky is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and achieved an historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer.  She was the senior Commanding General for logistics in Iraq, and was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level.  In this capacity she was responsible for leading over 200 multi‐disciplined units (20,000 military and 5,000 civilians) located across 55 different bases, providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq.


Carol DweckCarol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research demonstrates the critical role of mindsets in achievement, and shows how a focus on intelligence or talent can undermine motivation and learning.

She has lectured to business, governmental, educational, and sports groups all over the world–for example, addressing the United Nations on their global development agenda and advising governments on educational and economic policies. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and has won 9 different lifetime achievement awards for her work. Her best-selling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into over 25 languages.

 March 3

Grace CalhounDr. M. Grace Calhoun began her tenure as the University of Pennsylvania’s tenth Director of Athletics and Recreation on July 1, 2014. She is the first woman to hold the position. In this role, Calhoun leads the University’s 33 varsity athletics teams, 36 club teams, and broad-based intramural and recreational offerings.

In her first year at Penn, Calhoun has modernized the Division, invested in campus relationships, expanded recreational offerings, and hired new coaches. The latest additions in the coaching lineup are Steve Donahue in Men’s Basketball and Nicole Van Dyke in Women’s Soccer. Calhoun also saw her first Ivy team title in Women’s Squash and first individual title in Men’s Cross Country.

Calhoun came to Penn from Loyola University Chicago, where she was director of athletics and assistant vice president. During her tenure, Calhoun expanded campus partnerships, lead the Ramblers to their most successful all-sports finish in the modern era, and ended her tenure with a national championship in men’s volleyball. Prior to Loyola, Calhoun served for six years as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Indiana University.

Winner of the 2009 Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award, Calhoun brings Ivy League experience as both a student-athlete at Brown University and an athletics administrator at Dartmouth College. She has also served in leadership roles at Saint Francis (Pa.) University and the University of Florida, as well as associate executive director of the Patriot League.

Dr. Roberto Canessa
made history in December of 1972 for being one of sixteen young rugby players who endured months of severe cold, injuries, starvation, and isolation after their plane crashed into the snowcapped Andes—an event that inspired the film Alive. Roberto currently is a prominent pediatric cardiologist in Uruguay, where he works at the Hospital Italiano of Montevideo as director of the Department of Cardiac Ultrasound and the Department of Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Diseases. He teaches postgraduate courses in Pediatric Cardiology at the Uruguay Faculty of Medicine, and directs non-invasive evaluation for the Heart Transplant Donors Program as well as research in the Fetal Cardiology program. In June 14 2015, Dr. Canessa was named Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). His new book entitled, I Had to Survive, was released on Wednesday, March 2.

February 24

Imani PalmerImani Palmer is a Philadelphia native who attended the Girls High School and is dedicated to assisting African American youth in becoming educated, confident and encouraging them to live free of societal constructs. She does so by not only mentoring the children in her family and community in Philadelphia but in the city of Reading where she attends Albright College.

Rodrigo_Jordan_-_profile_sizeRodrigo Jordán is founding director of Vertical in Chile, an organization devoted to using the mountains as classroom for groups ranging from company mangers to school children. He also directs Fundación Vertical, the non-for-profit arm of Vertical to serve the underprivileged students of the poorest schools in Chile.

Rodrigo is an accomplished mountaineer who has climbed throughout the Andes, summited Mt. Everest by the difficult east face in 1992, and led a Chilean team in 1996 in a successful ascent of K2. In 2002, he led a four-person team in an unsupported 250-mile traverse, much of it unexplored, of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. In 2006, he led a national team of 15 members to the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain.

He received his doctorate in organizational administration from Oxford University, and he teaches Leadership and Decision Making in the MBA program of the Universidad Católica de Chile.  Rodrigo was chosen to be the present chairman of the Chilean National Foundation for the Overcoming of Poverty, the most important NGO dealing with Poverty and Social Development today in Chile.

February 18

nielsenKirstjen Nielsen is an internationally recognized expert in enterprise risk assessment/ management, with a focus in the areas of security policy and strategy, response and incident management, critical infrastructure security and resilience, including cybersecurity, trend identification and analysis, and crisis communications. Ms. Nielsen has worked in the national security and homeland security sectors for more than two decades, at the crossroads of policy, strategy, risk, and operational environments. Ms. Nielsen is currently the President of Sunesis Consulting, LLC, a security management consulting firm. Ms. Nielsen is also the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience, having previously served four years as a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk.

Prior to founding Sunesis Consulting, LLC, Ms. Nielsen was the General Counsel and President of the Homeland Security and Private Sector Preparedness practice at Civitas Group llc. She has also held positions at the Transportation Security Agency and the U.S. Senate, and practiced corporate transactional law for Haynes and Boone, LLP.

Ms. Nielsen graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and from the University of Virginia School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

yaneerProfessor Yaneer Bar-Yam is Founding President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He has contributed to founding the field of complex systems science, introducing mathematical rigor, real world application, and educational programs for new concepts and insights of this field. He has published on a wide range of scientific and real world problems ranging from cell biology to global crises. His popular book Making Things Work describes the use of complex systems science to military conflict, healthcare, education, systems engineering, international development, and ethnic violence. He is chairman of the International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS), and author of over 200 research papers in professional journals, including in Science, Nature, PNAS, American Naturalist, and Physical Review Letters.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and is currently Research Scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory. Professor Bar-Yam received his SB and PhD in physics from MIT in 1978 and 1984 respectively.

AWMAnne Welsh McNulty is an active philanthropist and advocate for leadership development and social change. She is the co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners, with businesses including investment management and a private philanthropic foundation. Before starting JBK Partners, she was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and a senior executive of the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group.

Anne has deep ties to Philadelphia, the city where she was born, became Valedictorian at Villanova, obtained her MBA at Wharton, and began a partnership of 37 years with her late husband John. She is the mother of three, all proud graduates of the University of Pennsylvania. Anne has a sustained passion for lifelong learning, and over the past decade, has greatly expanded the mission she began with John to enable young people to grow as high-impact leaders.

Under her leadership, the McNulty Foundation has established several initiatives that support individuals who strive to make a difference in the world in reaching their greatest potential. The McNulty Prize was set up in memory of her husband John to recognize the extraordinary success of young global leaders solving some of the world’s most intractable societal and environmental challenges. The McNulty Scholars programs at St. Joseph’s University and Hunter College propel young women towards leadership roles in fields related to math and science. The Wharton Leadership Program was recently renamed the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School as a result of a generous gift by Anne and the McNulty Foundation. Anne has also spurred the creation of an Institute for Women’s leadership at Villanova University that will be launching in 2017.

Anne serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, and on the Board of Overseers at the Wharton School. She is a former Trustee at Villanova University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Child Mind Institute in New York, and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Anne is also a Trustee of the Naples Winter Wine Festival benefiting children’s charities in Collier County, Florida. Anne earned her MBA in Finance & Insurance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating as valedictorian from Villanova University. She maintains strong connections with her alma maters, and continues to serve as a role model to aspiring women leaders.

atowneAndrew Towne is a BCG Consultant who earned his JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania as a Morgenthau, Friedman, and Institute of Law and Economics Scholar.  At Penn, Andrew won a Club National Championship in the Half Marathon and was elected the winner of both the First Year Leadership Prize and the Class of 2001 Leadership Prize.  He also co-founded the Purpose, Passion, Principles program (P3) which has helped over 1,000 students learn about themselves through a 9 week curriculum of introspection and discussion.

Before Penn, Andrew studied international relations at Yale and worked for the CIA in Iraq.  He speaks 5 languages, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is a Division 1 national champion rower.  Andrew has climbed 6 of the “7 Summits,” and last May was lucky to survive the earthquake and avalanche at Mt Everest Base Camp before helping in the rescue efforts.


easterbrook2In addition to being the author of various books, Gregg Easterbrook is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Monthly, and writes the Tuesday Morning Quarterback column for the New York Times.

In prior jobs,Gregg was a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, a contributing editor of The New Republic, a political columnist for Reuters, a columnist for, an editor of The Washington Monthly, a contributing editor to Newsweek and to U.S. News & World Report, a distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation, a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution, a bartender, a bus driver and a used-car salesman.

Follow Gregg on Twitter @EasterbrookG

Jen Welter2Dr. Jen Welter
is the first female to coach in the NFL. She served as an intern linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Welter’s time at the Cardinals has been defined by the bond she has fostered with the players. 

Widely known as a trailblazer and pioneer in professional football, becoming the first woman to coaching in the NFL was just her latest first. On February 15, 2014, Welter became the first woman to play running back in a men’s professional football, and she played the entire season with Revolution. After helping coach the most successful Revolution season in franchise history, Welter reported to training camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology and Master’s in Sport Psychology. She has 18 years of experience in fitness, professional athlete and has provided expert advice on a wide range of topics in fitness and sports.

Her on-field experience dates back to her time on the rugby pitch at Boston College. She is a veteran of several women’s professional and semi-professional football teams and a member of the 2010 and 2013 gold medal-winning USA Team at the International Federation of American Football’s (IFAF) Women’s World Championship.

Welter graduated with a B.S. from Boston College, followed by a Master’s in Sport Psychology and PhD in Psychology from Capella University. The 37 year-old Welter is a native of Vero Beach, Florida.

Follow Dr. J on Twitter @jwelter47

December 3

WilliamLauder_profile_sizeWilliam P. Lauder is the Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors in July 2009. During his five-year tenure as Chief Executive, he expanded the Company’s international presence and distribution channels and greatly strengthened the brand portfolio.

He joined the Company in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director of Clinique U.S.A. in the New York metro area. In 1990 he led the creation of the Origins brand and its innovative store-within-a store concept. He subsequently was promoted to several senior leadership positions; he led the worldwide businesses for Clinique and Origins and oversaw the Company’s free-standing stores and Internet business. In 2003 he became Chief Operating Officer, with oversight of all the Company’s global operations, as well as nine specialty brands and the retail business.

He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton Leadership Advisory Board and The Trinity School in New York City, his alma maters. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Fresh Air Fund, a member of the Boards of Directors of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Jarden Corporation, the 92nd Street Y, the Partnership for New York City and the Advisory Board of Zelnick Media. In 2012, Mr. Lauder received a lecturer appointment to the faculty of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches “Decision Making in the Leadership Chair,” a course he designed for second-year MBA students.

fusoloPeter M. Fasolo is the Vice President, Global Human Resources, of Johnson & Johnson, responsible for the global talent, recruiting, diversity, compensation, benefits, employee relations and all aspects of the human resources agenda for the Company.

Mr. Fasolo first joined Johnson & Johnson in 2004 as Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources for Cordis Corporation. He was then named Vice President, Global Talent Management, with responsibility for executive assessment and development. Mr. Fasolo left Johnson & Johnson in 2007 to join Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) as Chief Talent Officer for the portfolio companies owned by the firm. He returned to Johnson & Johnson in September 2010 as Vice President, Global Human Resources.

Mr. Fasolo has more than 20 years of global experience in healthcare, having spent 13 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb in executive level, human resource roles in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer segments. He serves on the Board of the Human Resources Policy Association in Washington, D.C., is a member of the Board of Directors for the Families and Work Institute in New York, also serves on the Board of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, and is a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey.

Mr. Fasolo earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College.

Chanda-Kochhar-3Ms. Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India’s largest private sector bank. Ms. Kochhar began her career, with  ICICI Limited in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank in 2001. During 2006-2007, she successfully led the Bank’s corporate and international banking businesses during a period of heightened activity and global expansion by Indian companies. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Joint Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer during a critical period of rapid change in the global financial landscape. She was elevated as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009 and is responsible for the Bank’s diverse operations in India and overseas.

In addition to her responsibilities at the ICICI Group, Ms. Kochhar is a member of the India – Japan Business Leaders Forum and the US-India CEO Forum. She is currently the President of the International Monetary Conference, an organization that annually brings together the chief executives of approximately 70 of the world’s largest financial institutions from 30 countries, along with officials from government institutions. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Indian Banks Association. She is on the boards of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and Institute of International Finance.

Ms. Kochhar has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, the Board of Trade and High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure. She was also co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in 2011. Ms. Kochhar received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, Canada in 2014. The university conferred this award on Ms. Kochhar in recognition of her pioneering work in the financial sector, effective leadership in a time of economic crisis and support for engaged business practices. She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, in 2011.

Benito_Cachinero_Sanchez_hirez_0Benito Cachinero-Sánchez is senior vice president of DuPont Human Resources.  He joined DuPont in April 2011.

Prior to DuPont, he was corporate vice president of Human Resources at Automatic Data Processing Inc., a global provider of integrated computing and business outsourcing. He held leadership positions in Johnson & Johnson where he was vice president of Human Resources for the Medical Devices & Diagnostics sector.

He is on the board of directors of The Library of America, a non-profit publisher dedicated to publishing, and keeping in print, authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing.  In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of WHYY, the region’s leading public media service and has been appointed to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Foundation board of directors.   Benito also serves on the board of advisors for Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women in business and on the board of the Human Resources Policy Association.

Mr. Cachinero-Sánchez was born in Malaga (Spain). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He also received an MBA from IESE, a leading European business school, an M.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Demography, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

November 5

Anne Mosle is a leading thinker, advocate, and voice in building pathways to opportunity for low-income families. Anne is the Vice President, the Aspen Institute and Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute.

With more than 20 years’ experience in policy and philanthropy, Mosle has been recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, Ms. Magazine Woman to Watch, and Visionary Philanthropist. Currently, she directs Ascend, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security.

Ascend is investing $1.5 million in promising two-generation programs and policy solutions, has launched a national network and fellowship, and is leveraging resources for better outcomes for families.

For more information visit the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows or follow Aspen @AspenAscend.

Vivek_Tiwary_TEDxFultonStreet_600pxVivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Vivek’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection. The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer.

On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows has been decorated. They include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”. Vivek is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for Broadway. Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest universe of comic book characters and has secured a 5-film deal with Sony Pictures.

Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences, and a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York City. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

For more information, go to Vivek or follow @fifthbeatle


October 15

Barry Schwartz is a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania.  He has been there since receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  Schwartz has written ten books and more than 100 articles for professional journals. In 2004, Schwartz published The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. It was named one of the top business books of the year by both Business Week and Forbes Magazine, and has been translated into twenty-five languages. Schwartz has published articles in sources as diverse as The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Parade Magazine, USA Today, Slate, Scientific American, The New Republic, Newsday, the Harvard Business Review, and the Guardian.  He has appeared on dozens of radio shows, including NPR’s Morning Edition, and Talk of the Nation, and has been interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), the Lehrer News Hour (PBS), The Colbert Report, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Schwartz’s most recent book, written with colleague Ken Sharpe, is Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. Schwartz spoke about the paradox of choice at TED in 2005 (a talk viewed by more than 8 million people), and he spoke about practical wisdom at TED in 2009 (viewed by more than 2 million).  His  new book, Why We Work, has just been published.

Thomas Linneman a professor of Sociology William and Mary

Thomas J. Linneman received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, where he worked part-time at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.  He completed his graduate work at the University of Washington.  He is Professor of Sociology at The College of William and Mary, where he teaches course on statistics, gender, sexualities, the media, and social change.

He is the author of Social Statistics: Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results.
October 8

kristof_rdax_95x101Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, previously a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square movement. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur.” Kristof and WuDunn are authors of three best-selling books: China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power in 1994;Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia in 2000; and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide in 2009. Follow Nick on @NickKristof

Patrick DeMaeseneirePatrick De Maeseneire is the former CEO of the world’s largest staffing company, Adecco Group, where he spent 6 years quadrupling the value of the company, executing key strategic priorities, and building a strong relationship with the investment community.  Prior to Adecco he spent 7 years as the CEO of Barry-Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolate company, supplying Hershey’s, Godiva, and Unilever. Over that time his team transformed the company from a pure industrial player into a fully integrated one, serving the entire food chain from the cocoa bean to the shelf.  Patrick spent 6 years at Apple during the launch period of the Mac. He started as a sales manager and after building up an exclusive Apple Center retail channel took on the position of marketing manager for the BeNeLux, eventually becoming general manager for the region. Elected by investors as the best CEO out of 40 in Business Services worldwide in 2015, Patrick has also received the Vlerick manager of the year award (Belgium) 2007, and the title of “Baron” from the Belgian King in April 2007.


Umi Howard works in the Wharton Leadership Program as the Director of the Lipman Family Prize. The Lipman Family Prize is an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact. Umi  has spent the past fifteen years working in the social sector. His experience includes direct service, program development & management, consulting, board service and organizational leadership in the nonprofit sector. During this time he served in various roles at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania for over eight years. Umi and his wife, Sylvie, also ran a sustainable travel business based in Ecuador called Solidarity Travels. Umi has traveled extensively and lived abroad for more than 6 years.

He brings an intense passion for the community empowerment and educational opportunity embodied in the Lipman Family Prize and hopes this work will help bring recognition to the University of Pennsylvania as a hub of learning for the social sector.

October 1

Jim portrait -Retouched 2James G. Featherstone was appointed General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department in October of 2007. A native of Washington D.C. and veteran of the United States Navy, he began his years of service to the City of Los Angeles in 1986 with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

He is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy, and the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He has completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative program and the Driving Government Performance program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and is a Senior Fellow in the Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A&M University.

He served as the Interim Fire Chief of the LAFD (November 2013 to August 2014), and is the current Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information, please see the Emergency LA City website.

Signer MichaelMichael Signer is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he teaches leadership, managing principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, and the author of Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father, praised by Kirkus Reviews as a “perfect introduction” to James Madison, by the Richmond Times-Dispatch as “intellectual biography at its finest,” and by Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, as a “manual on leadership that is as relevant and valuable today as it was 200 years ago.”  Signer has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and the BBC, and has written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. He was formerly an attorney at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., counsel to Governor Mark Warner of Virginia, senior policy advisor at the Center for American Progress, and a 2009 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He has held senior roles on presidential campaigns and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.C., Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Princeton.  He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information please follow Michael on Twitter @MikeSigner and see his website.


September 24

MMALONE HIGH RESMatt Malone, S.J., is the President and Editor in Chief of America Media, publisher of America magazine. Fr. Malone began his tenure on October 1, 2012. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest editor in chief in America’s history. He was the recipient of the 2006 first place Catholic Press Association award for essay writing. From 1995-1997, Fr. Malone was special assistant and speechwriter to U.S. Representative Martin T. Meehan (D-MA). His writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications and his work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post among others. He is the author of Catholiques Sans Etiquette, a book concerning the church and the political, which was published in 2014 by Salvator Press in Paris.

Fr. Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002. He was ordained a priest on June 9, 2012 by Edward Cardinal Egan, late archbishop of New York. Fr. Malone received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a M.A. from Fordham University; a Bachelor of Divinity (Honors,1st class) from The University of London and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (summa cum laude with the congratulations of the board of examiners) from the Catholic University of Louvain. He was a founding member of REMUS (Religion, Mimesis and Society), an interdisciplinary research group at Heythrop College dedicated to the thought of Rene Girard. He is a member of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion and is chaplain to the New York Press Club. Follow Father Malone on twitter @Americaneditor

Sister Mary Scullion PictureSister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. She was a co-founder, in 1985, of Woman of Hope, which provides permanent residential and support services for homeless, mentally ill women. In 1988, she founded the first Outreach Coordination Center in the nation, an innovative program coordinating private and public agencies doing outreach to chronically homeless persons living on the street.

In 1989, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project HOME has grown from an emergency winter shelter to over 600 units of housing and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons.  Project HOME also prevents homelessness in a low-income neighborhood in North Philadelphia.  This initiative includes economic development, homeownership for the working poor, and the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs – a 38,000 square foot, state-of-the-art technology center that offers comprehensive educational and occupational programming.

Sister Mary is also a powerful voice on political issues affecting homelessness and mentally ill persons. Her advocacy efforts resulted in the right of homeless persons to vote as well as a landmark federal court decision that affects the fair housing rights of persons with disabilities.

Sister Mary has received numerous honorary doctorates for her leadership in the City of Philadelphia. She was named 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer and selected by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s Most Influential People in 2009”.  Sister Mary serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University; the Board of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and Chairs the Hunger and Homelessness Committee for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia in 2015.

The Moral Economy: From Social Contract to Social Covenant: Jim WallisJim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World.

Jim is the author of 11 books. His most recent book, The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided (Brazos Press), was released in June 2014. He is president and founder of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people. He frequently appears on radio and television as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox—on shows such as Meet the PressHardball, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the O’Reilly Factor—and on National Public Radio. He has taught at Harvard University, Georgetown University, and a variety of other academic institutions.

Jim was raised in a Midwest evangelical family. As a teenager, his questioning of the racial segregation in his church and community led him to the black churches and neighborhoods of inner-city Detroit. More than 40 years later, Sojourners has grown into a national faith-based organization. In 1979, Time magazine named Wallis one of the “50 Faces for America’s Future.”

Jim lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Joy Carroll, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England and author of Beneath the Cassock: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley, and their young sons, Luke and Jack. He is a Little League baseball coach. Follow Jim on Twitter @jimwallis and @Sojourners

September 17

Sandy SharpSandy Sharp, ACC, M.B.A., is the Founder and President of SS Inc. and has more than a decade of Executive and Professional Development Coaching experience. She is also an award winning sports broadcaster after nearly two decades of being in the television industry.

Being a sports broadcaster and former athlete, Sharp has valuable insight on what it takes for teams and individuals to perform at a high level. Her knowledgeable, witty and disarming personality engages her clients and creates fertile ground for growing and learning.

In 1999, Sharp decided to parallel her passion for consulting with her love for communicating. Shortly after that, Sharp became a certified image consultant with the Association of Image Consultants, International. (AICI) in 2005. She also served as AICI’s Communications Editor during her affiliation with the organization.

Sharp also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Alabama-Birmingham Collat School of Business. She and her husband reside in Birmingham, AL with their son.

Stephanie ReadyStephanie Ready will be entering her 12th season with the Hornets telecasts this year. She was previously the host of Hornets LIVE! and an in-game sideline reporter. Prior to her broadcasting career, Ready was an assistant coach in the WNBA and the NBA D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men’s professional sports team. Ready also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Coppin State University, becoming the first female to hold the position of full-time recruiting assistant on an NCAA Division I men’s basketball staff.

Follow Sandy on Twitter: StephanieReady


September 3


Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the year. Charlie Rose says it is “spectacular” and “fascinating.” Daniel H. Pink calls it “profoundly important.” Donald Trump calls it “enlightening” and “inspiring.” Geoff’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named the best management book of the year by Strategy + Business magazine.

As a speaker, Geoff has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and he serves as moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London.

Geoff is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University. Find Geoff online at, where listeners can find his Fortune work, radio commentaries, plus other information about his work. 

Geoff is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.  Find Geoff online at, where listeners can find his Fortune work, radio commentaries, plus other information about his work.

July 23rd

margaret greenbergMargaret H. Greenberg is the coauthor of the business book Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business (McGraw-Hill, 2013), and a sought after executive coach by Fortune 500 companies. In 1997, after a fifteen year career in corporate Human Resources, she founded The Greenberg Group, a consulting firm dedicated to coaching business leaders and their teams to achieve more than they ever thought possible. A pioneer in the field of positive psychology, Greenberg also designs and leads workshops, webinars, and conferences for business audiences and is an expert on creating strengths-based organizations. One of Margaret’s specialties is bringing tools from the new field of positive psychology to boost productivity in the workplace. Her talks at Google, VMware, and other companies have been met with enthusiastic response. Greenberg’s research, “Optimistic Managers and Their Impact on Team Productivity and Employee Engagement”, has been featured in the popular Gallup Management Journal.

Margaret is also the “Positive Business” columnist for Live Happy Magazine, and a regular business contributor for Margaret has also been been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Forbes Online, Entrepreneur Magazine, Executive Travel Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today among other publications. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Hartford, a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, and is recognized by the International Coach Federation as a professional certified coach. Greenberg lives in Connecticut with her husband and two dogs. They have two grown daughters.

For more information, visit Greenberg’s website at and her book website at

senia mayminSenia Maymin, Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford, is a consultant and executive coach whose clients include Google, Intel, and VMware. Maymin runs a coaching network that provides coaching to large technology companies in the Bay area. When entrepreneurs and executives seek far-reaching productivity improvements, they call on Maymin as an executive coach and workshop leader.

Maymin is the coauthor of the business book Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business (McGraw-Hill, 2013) and the co-business columnist for Live Happy Magazine. Maymin has been featured in the media—including PBS’s This Emotional Life, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, and USA Today—primarily for her work as a positive psychology executive coach. Maymin founded and is editor in chief of a research news website featuring more than 1,000 articles by over 100 authors. She has worked in finance on Wall Street and in technology as cofounder and president of two start-ups.

Maymin holds a BA in Math and Economics from Harvard, a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She speaks Russian, French, and Japanese. She lives with her family in California. You can visit the Silicon Valley Change coaches network at, the book website for Profit from the Positive at, the research news website at, and Maymin’s website at

Kelly LeonardKelly Leonard is the Executive Vice President of The Second City and The President of Second City Theatricals. He has worked at The Second City since 1988 and has overseen productions with such notable performers as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Jason Sudeikis, Keegan Michael Key, Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris and a host of others. Mr. Leonard co-founded Second City Theatricals, the division of the company that develops an eclectic array of live entertainment all over the world. Recent productions include “The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist My Dickens” with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and “The Second City Guide to the Opera” featuring Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart with Lyric Opera Chicago. Mr. Leonard also brokered the deal that brought The Second City to the high seas where the company maintains full time ensembles aboard six Norwegian Cruise Line Ships. Mr. Leonard lives in Chicago with his wife Anne Libera and their children Nick and Nora.

Tom YortonTom Yorton is CEO of Second City Works, the B-to-B arm of the world-renowned improvisational comedy theatre and improvisation school, The Second City. Second City Works serves more than 400 Fortune 1000 clients annually with innovative solutions in talent development & leadership development, sales effectiveness, marketing & content, and legal & compliance.

Second City Works also licenses innovative video content for corporate education under the brand RealBiz Shorts, a cloud-based service of video libraries with funny content tailored to ethics, compliance, life sciences, human resources, talent development, and sales enablement training.

Tom formerly held positions as a senior marketing executive at 3COM and Sears, and as a vice president in the advertising firms Hal Riney & Partners and Ogilvy & Mather. He has experience in numerous industries, including high tech, Internet, retail, automotive, airline, fitness, restaurant, lodging, financial services, and healthcare categories.

Yorton writes and speaks widely on his undying belief in the power of improvisation and humor to improve individual performance and to transform organizations.

July 16th 

RSM PortraitRobert S. Miller has served as Chairman of the Board of AIG since 2010. AIG is a global insurance conglomerate, and the largest recipient of Government assistance in the financial crisis of 2008.  AIG repaid all $182 billion of government assistance plus a $22 billion profit to the taxpayers.

Following graduation from high school, he attended Stanford University, where he obtained a degree in economics.  He then went to Harvard Law School, getting his degree in 1966. In 1968, he received an MBA degree in Finance from Stanford Business School.

In late 1979, he was recruited by Lee Iacocca to join then-foundering Chrysler Corporation.  Mr. Miller led the financial negotiations, which resulted in the Loan Guarantee Act bailout package that saved Chrysler.  He stayed at Chrysler for a dozen years, serving as its Chief Financial Officer and later as Vice Chairman.  His responsibilities ultimately included all staff activities, all international automotive operations, and all non-automotive operations (Gulfstream Aerospace).

In 1992, he left Chrysler and moved to New York to become a partner in an investment banking firm headed by Paul Volcker,  (former head of the Federal Reserve), and Jim Wolfensohn, (former President of the World Bank).

In 1993, he ‘retired’, and subsequently served on more than a dozen corporate boards, including US Bank, Reynolds Tobacco, and United Airlines.  He currently sits on the boards at Symantec (computer software), Dow Chemical, and Kendall Jackson (wines).

He authored an autobiography, The Turnaround Kid, published by Harper Collins in April 2008. Mr.  Miller resides in Naples, Florida with his wife, Jill.  Their family includes five adult children.

As founder & MD of SGC a management consulting & capital advisory in China and APAC, Sid has built, managed and lead teams of experienced professionals that have advised clients including private equity firms, multinationals and SME’s on various projects like market entry into China and Asia, corporate and portfolio restructuring, business process & operations optimization, specializing in implementing lean manufacturing for cost downs and margins improvement initiatives. Sid has also has devised growth strategy for start-ups and new product/services strategy for multinationals incoming and outgoing from China.

Episode: 7/16/15 @ 7:00 PM

Sid MewaraSid Mewara founded SG Capital from the capital & financial services division of SG Consulting to offer clients investment banking and capital advisory services. He advised clients in raising capital from private equity and venture capital and actively assisted family offices and private equity firms on cross border investments and is very active on cross border M&A deals including setting up JV’s, consolidation buyouts, strategic acquisitions.

With support of our legal partners we have assisted international clients in China by liaising with government bodies at a regional and provincial level for government grants, tax subsidies and general support.

Follow Sid on Twitter @SidMewara

Episode: 7/16/15 @ 8:00 PM

July 9th

Todd HenshawDr. Todd Henshaw currently serves as Director of Executive Leadership Programs at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His prior assignments included service as Professor at Columbia University, and Academy Professor and Director of Leadership Programs at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A key architect of West Point’s Leader Development System, Todd also served as the inaugural Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program, a graduate partnership with Columbia University that prepares Army captains to develop future officers.

Dr. Henshaw teaches leadership and leader development at The Wharton School and around the world to executives and MBA students, and consults with organizations desiring improvement in leadership at all levels. Over the past several years, he has worked to enhance leadership capacity in the following global organizations: General Electric,  KPMG,  Ericsson, Panasonic, Coca-Cola, Kuwait Ministry of Finance, IBM, National Military Academy of Afghanistan, World Economic Forum, Columbia University, MIT, Dartmouth, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey.

Todd earned his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995, concentrating in Executive Leadership and Strategy, and a Ph.D. in Business at the University of Kansas in 2003, examining leadership development and organizational culture.

Episode: 7/9/15 @ 7:00 PM

Corprate Photography Matt TroopswapMatthew Thompson joined the U.S. Army on his 17th birthday and subsequently served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the elite Army Rangers and the 101st Airborne Division.  After eleven years of military service, Captain Thompson attended Harvard Business School to obtain an MBA.

Matt’s business experience includes employment with McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, and his current role as Co-founder & President of, Inc. was a finalist for WSJ Startup of the Year, named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies,” named “The Most Veteran Friendly Small Business in America” by the US Chamber of Commerce, and selected to participate in the President’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Pilot program.  Matt was elected as the private sector leader for a Presidential National Strategy on trusted identities in cyberspace and serves on the board of directors for the largest homeless Veterans support organization in the US, US Veterans Initiative, Inc.

Episode: 7/9/15 @ 7:00 PM

SamChandanProfessor Sam Chandan is founder of Chandan Economics, a New York-based financial services research firm. He is a faculty member in Wharton’s Real Estate Department and the National Economist of the Real Estate Lenders Association. Chandan holds advisory board appointments at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Real Estate Research Institute, the National Center for Seniors Housing, and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. Prior to founding Chandan Economics, he was Chief Economist at Reis, on the management team that took Reis public, and Global Chief Economist at Real Capital Analytics. Chandan holds a PhD from Wharton. Follow Sam on Twitter @SamChandan

Episode: 6/25/15 @ 7:00 PM

Ann DunwoodyGeneral Ann Dunwoody is the former commanding general of one of the Army’s largest commands, the US Army Materiel Command. Now retired, she offers strategic insights to companies and corporate boards. In addition to becoming the first woman in US military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, she was also the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division and Fort Bragg’s first female general officer. Dunwoody was also the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command. Follow Ann on Twitter @AnnDunwoody

Episode: 6/25/15 @ 8:00 PM


Stu Jackson is a sports business leader with twenty-five years of diverse operational experience. Intimately acquainted with NBA basketball interest groups: players, union, agents, league office, teams and their owners. Uniquely qualified senior executive with expertise in mobilizing, developing, and rebuilding organizations. Excel in areas requiring decisive leadership, strategic preparation and negotiating consensus.  Powerful level of initiative and infectious energy combined with strong interpersonal skills.

Follow Stu on Twitter @stujackson32

 Episode: 6/11/15 @7:00 PM

Sean ScallySean Scally is an agronomic engineer who has been working in the Agrobusiness sector for more than 23 years. Sean started off in Monsanto Argentina, back in the early 90s and then continued in Novus, which was a spinoff of the Animal Science Division of Monsanto. For 10 years, he was Country Manager of Chile, Mexico and had different marketing responsibilities in Latinamerica.

Since 2008, he has been working for Zoetis, a spinoff of Pfizer’s Animal Health Division as the Regional Director of Latam South based in Buenos Aires.

Episode: 6/11/15 @8:00 PM

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Andrew Stern works on the Leadership, Learning & Organizational Development team within Bloomberg’s HR function, where he is responsible for the identification and experiential development of top, scarce, and diverse talent pools across the 16,000-person global company. Prior his current role, Andrew built the firm’s first global leadership development program for high-performing individual contributors and managed the company’s global new hire onboarding experience.

Before joining Bloomberg, Andrew worked as a human capital consultant for Deloitte, where he advised Fortune 100 HR organizations on talent strategy, learning and development, and leadership programs. Andrew graduated from Wharton in 2010, where he studied Organizational Effectiveness. He’s a regular guest lecturer, panelist, and author on related topics.

Andrew would welcome the chance to connect with listeners on

LinkedIn or via Twitter.

Episode: 5/28/15 @7:00 PM

Jon GantmanJon Gantman is the Vice President of Co-Brand Product Management in the US Consumer Products and Services Group.  In this role, he is responsible for overseeing several Co-Brand partnerships including Costco, Hilton, Mercedes Benz, and several others.  He is also responsible for leading the Business Development team evaluating new partnerships in the Co-Brand space.

Jon began his career with American Express in 2004 and throughout his tenure has held a number of different positions within the Consumer Services business as well as the Strategic Planning Group.  Through his varied roles, he has overseen multiple partnerships, launched several new card products and managed across a range of P&Ls.

Prior to joining Co-Brand in 2011, he was a Director in the Proprietary Lending business within the US Consumer Services Group.  He had P&L responsibility for three card products including Blue Sky which was the fastest growing card in the broader portfolio.  Additionally, he created and managed the Blue Savings program which brought together 10+ partners to provide customized offers to over 10MM Card Members. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Episode: 5/28/15 @8:00 PM

Linda Mornell 1Linda Mornell was born on a farm in Muncie, Indiana.  After getting her RN and BS degrees from Methodist Hospital and Depauw University, she headed west on a Greyhound bus. She received her psychiatric training from Langley Porter at the University of California in San Francisco and married a psychiatric resident there, Pierre Mornell. With three adult children and seven grandchildren, Linda divides her time between family, writing, and consulting. In 2014, she was blessed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for her efforts to empower disadvantaged youth.

For more information, see the Summer Search website.

Episode: 5/16/15 @7:00 PM

John Kanengieter1John Kanengieter is the principal of Kanengieter Consulting Group, a private organizational consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership and strategy solutions and considers it a down-right privilege to work with the clients and partners in his practice. His practice focuses on building resilient leaders in any industry. His work with leaders is augmented by his expertise gained from 25 years in the field of leadership development and experiential education.

For many years, John has served as the Director for Leadership at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and also as a visiting instructor to the Ascent Institute, the Jempe Center and the Leadership Institute of Seattle. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Executive Coaching and Consulting in Organizations and specializes in executive coaching and working with teams in challenging and high-risk work systems. John lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming where he really enjoys riding his bike as fast as he possibly can. For more information, see the Kane Consulting website.

Episode: 5/16/15 @8:00 PM

Roberto Diaz - photo credit Alan KolcA violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.

As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, whose viola concerto he has performed numerous times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he premiered in the United States during the 2013–14 season; and Edison Denisov, who invited Mr. Díaz to Moscow to work on and perform his viola concerto. Ricardo Lorenz and Roberto Sierra have written concerti for Mr. Díaz, and he will premiere a concerto by Jennifer Higdon in 2015.

Mr. Díaz received an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College and was awarded an honorary membership by the national board of the American Viola Society. In 2013 Mr. Díaz became a member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society founded by Benjamin Franklin. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was selected by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach to receive the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to “the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the Philadelphia Orchestra.” Mr. Díaz received a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Burton Fine, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teacher was his predecessor at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph de Pasquale. Mr. Díaz also has a degree in industrial design.

Episode: 4/23/15 @7:00 PM

Charlene_Headshot_Oct_2011Charlene Li is the Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her next book “The Engaged Leader” published in March 2015.

She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Formerly Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2010 and one of the most influential women in technology 2009.

Charlene is frequently quoted by leading media channels such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. She is a much-sought after public speaker and has keynoted top conferences such as the World Business Forum, World Economic Forum, American Society of Association Executives, SXSW, and Web 2.0.

Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College.

Episode: 4/23/15 @8:00 PM

JoanProfile2012Dr. Joan C. Hendricks became the 12th dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She is the third female dean of a veterinary school in the United States. Dr. Hendricks has served on the faculty of the School for more than 20 years. In 2001, she became the first woman to hold an endowed professorship at Penn Vet, when she was named the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Small Animal Medicine. In addition to serving as chief of critical care in the Department of Clinical Studies at Philadelphia, Dr. Hendricks is founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center (VCIC) and holds a secondary appointment as professor in the Department of Medicine at Penn’s School of Medicine.

Episode: 4/16/15 @7:00 PM

Kathy PearsonKathy Pearson, Ph.D. is a strategist, Systems Thinking expert, and authority in decision making.  She is President and Founder of ELS, a firm focused on executive development and learning across industries.  Kathy is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Operations and Information Management Department at The Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania.  In this academic capacity Kathy taught operations management courses in the MBA program and Executive Master’s of Technology Management programs as well as Probability and Statistics, Simulation Modeling, and other courses for the department and the University.

Kathy’s work with executives spans a wide variety of industries and geographies, including health care and life sciences, financial services, professional services, technology, consumer products, energy and manufacturing.  Her client list includes organizations as diverse as Cardinal Health, Children’s Miracle Network, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Coca-Cola, Comcast, The Estee Lauder Companies, GlaxoSmithKline, India Ministry of Finance, McKesson, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal DSM, Schneider Electric, Siam Commercial Bank, UnitedHealthGroup, Westpac Bank Australia, and the World Bank.

Kathy received her B.S. degree in theoretical mathematics from Auburn University, her M.S. degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. in industrial engineering (concentration in statistics) from Northwestern University.

Episode 4/16/15 @8:00 PM

Eric Mogil

Director of Digital Innovation
Michael Kors

Building the Michael Kors’ Digital Innovation lab to revolutionize the way in which Michael Kors engages with consumers, globally. Specifically, deploying in-store mobile & tablet infrastructure as well as overseeing development of key emerging long-term R&D projects and partnerships with key technology partners. Product and project managing our discoveries and deployment in the Wearables space. /// Previous experiences at Apple China and Wharton, class of 2011!

Episode: 4/2/2015 @7:00 PM

974_Guest1053Lee Hower

Co-Founder, Partner
NextView Ventures

Lee Hower is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has spent his entire career as an entrepreneur and investor in early-stage software and internet startups.

Lee started his career as an early employee of PayPal in product and business development roles, through the company’s 2002 IPO and sale to eBay. After PayPal, Lee was a co-founder of LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and served as head of corporate development.

Lee entered the VC world as a Principal at Point Judith Capital, a Boston-based early-stage VC firm, where he helped to build the firm’s internet investment practice. At Point Judith Capital Lee led investments in Multiply (acq. by Naspers) and FanIQ (acq. by Datran Media), and was actively involved in the firm’s investments in Sittercity and NABsys.

Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology program, with a BAS in Systems Engineering and a BS Economics from the Wharton School.

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Episode: 4/2/2015 @7:00 PM

82_Guest14David Pottruck

Chairman; Senior Fellow
HighTower Advisors; Wharton Center for Leadership

David Pottruck is the former Chief Executive Officer of Charles Schwab and author of the New York Times and Amazon best-sellers Stacking the Deck and Clicks and Mortar. Mr. Pottruck is currently on the Board of Directors at Intel Corporation and is the Chairman of Hightower Advisors.

During his 20-year career, Mr. Pottruck helped Schwab revolutionize the way stocks and mutual funds are bought and sold, resulting in the company being one of the first to rebuild its business model around the Internet. He was integral in growing the company from $50 million in revenue to $5 billion, increasing client assets from $5 billion to more than $1 trillion, and increasing Schwab’s market cap from $450 million to over $30 Billion.

Today Mr. Pottruck is also an award winning instructor at the Wharton School, a member of the faculty at CorpU (whose clients include Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Aetna and the World Economic Forum) and a highly sought after speaker to leadership groups.

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Episode: 3/26/2015 @8:00 PM

941_Guest1007Amy E. Herman

President and Founder
The Art of Perception

Amy E. Herman designed, developed and conducts all sessions of The Art of Perception ( using the analysis of works of art to improve perception and communication skills. Originally designed in 2000 to help medical students improve their observation and communication skills with patients, the program was subsequently adapted for law enforcement professionals and leaders in industry, education, the intelligence community, and finance. She currently conducts the program nationally for a wide range of law enforcement agencies including the New York City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA, the State Department, and the Department of Justice as well as for hospitals, medical schools, and first responders. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Ms. Herman holds an AB in International Affairs, a Juris Doctor, and an MA in Art History.

Episode: 3/26/2015 @7:00 PM

832_Guest859Mark Silverstein

Corporate Development and Legal Counsel, Head of Product, Technology and Policy

Mark Silverstein is responsible for counseling Spotify’s product, technology and executive teams. He leads a team focused on product counseling, data privacy, IP, users, and government affairs / public policy on a global basis.

Episode: 3/12/2015 @7:00 PM

833_Guest860Ryan Hinkle

Managing Director
Insight Venture Partners

Ryan Hinkle joined Insight in 2003 and has worked across many industries, geographies and deal structures, spanning internet, e-commerce, infrastructure and application software companies in Europe, Australia and North America. Ryan’s investments include growth equity, leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups. Current investments include eCommerce companies (Hayneedle, Fanatics, Newegg, Ozsale), mobile solution companies (AdColony, Branding Brand, Kony Solutions), SaaS/applications software companies (Smartsheet, Workforce Software) and education companies (Chegg, iParadigms, Pluralsight). Ryan also works with Syncsort, a big data infrastructure company.

Ryan oversaw Insight’s investments and subsequent acquisitions of Argus Software (acquired by Altus Group Ltd), ECI (acquired by the Carlyle Group), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, now eBay) and Punch! Software (acquired by Navarre Corporation).

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Episode: 3/12/2015 @8:00 PM

725_Guest712John Sculley

Tech Entrepreneur and Former CEO; Author, MOONSHOT! Game Changing Strategies on How to Build a Billion Dollar Business.
Apple & Pepsi

John Sculley is one of America’s best-known business leaders, with one foot in the storied history of Apple technology and the other planted firmly in 21st century innovations that change the way the world does business. Few entrepreneurs have been as successful across so many fields as Sculley. His success stories include telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, high technology, Internet services, consumer marketing, and outsourcing services.

Drawing upon many years of experience as a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, mentor, and rainmaker, Sculley has become a sought-after global storyteller for the digital revolution. He is a gifted speaker, sharing his perspectives on topics such as beyond globalization and reinvention of work, how adaptive companies succeed in an era of the commoditization of almost everything, solving healthcare through innovation, and new big brand consumer health services.

Episode: 2/26/2015 @7:00 PM

726_Guest713Katty Kay

Anchor; Author of The Confidence Code and Womenomics
BBC World News America in Washington

Katty Kay is the anchor of “BBC World News America,” based in Washington, D.C. She is also a frequent contributor to “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe,” and a regular guest host for “The Diane Rehm Show” on NPR. In addition to her work on women’s issues, Kay has covered the Clinton administration sex scandal, three Presidential elections and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked plane flew into the building on 9/11 – one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford and is a fluent French and Italian speaker with some “rusty Japanese.” Kay juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant.

Episode: 2/26/2015 @8:15 PM

727_Guest714Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The policy center’s is a nonpartisan “consumer advocate” for voters, and its latest feature is SciCheck, which investigates the misuse of science in political speech. Dr. Jamieson is the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Obama Victory and unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation.

Episode: 2/26/2015 @8:30 PM

722_Guest709Howard Kunreuther

James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy; co-director
The Wharton School; The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. Professor Kunreuther has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. He is recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for the publication that makes the most significant contribution to the literature of insurance. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, receiving the Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001.

Howard co-leads the Center’s multi-year initiative on the future of natural disaster protection and risk financing, and Wharton’s multi-year initiative on good practices for catastrophe risk management in the S&P 500. He currently serves on the National

Episode: 2/19/2015 @7:15 PM

723_Guest710Erwann Michel-Kerjan

Executive Director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes
The Wharton School

Dr. Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan is an authority on managing the risks, the financial impacts, and the public policy challenges associated with catastrophic events. He is with the Wharton School of Business (Philadelphia, USA), one of the world’s premier business schools, where he teaches Value Creation in the Wharton MBA program. He is the Executive Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, which for thirty years has been at the forefront of research and discoveries into how better manage extreme events.

Large-scale risks are reshaping the future of our increasingly interdependent world; this new era calls for a new model.  Dr. Michel-Kerjan actively works with top decision makers helping multinational corporations, governments and rulers address this new risk landscape and create sustainable value. Since 2008 he serves as chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes which advises the thirty-four Finance Ministers of the OECD’s member countries on these issues.

Erwann was honored by the World Economic Forum (Davos) as a Young Global Leader, a five year nomination bestowed to recognize and acknowledge the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40. In 2011 he co-led the YGL G20 Paris initiative on Global Risks under the High Patronage of then-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Episode: 2/19/2015 @7:15 PM

724_Guest711Stanley A. McChrystal

Retired General

A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

The son of Major General McChrystal, GEN McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and joined the infantry. He began his military career as a platoon commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Episode: 2/19/2015 @8:00 PM

651_CaptureLaura Liswood

Secretary General
Council of Women World Leaders

In August 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland located at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, which is composed of women heads of state and government. The work of the Council expands the understanding of leadership, establishes a network of resources for high-level women leaders, and provides a forum for the group to contribute input and shape the international issues important to women and society.

In 2001, Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs. Working on issues of globalization and workforce diversity, she is now a Senior Advisor to the firm.
In 1997, Liswood co-founded The White House Project. Her work with women presidents and prime ministers was the inspiration for the Project to change the cultural message in the United States about women as leaders.

Episode: 2/12/2015 @7:15 PM

652_Gautam MukundaGautam Mukunda

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior Unit
Harvard Business School

Gautam Mukunda is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. Before joining the business school he was the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology ERC Postdoctoral Fellow resident at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies. He received his PhD from MIT in Political Science and an A.B. in Government from Harvard, magna cum laude. His research focuses on leadership, international relations, and the social and political implications of technological change. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and MIT’s Security Studies Program and Program on Emerging Technologies.

Before graduate school he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on the pharmaceutical sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Mentorship Committee of The Upakar Foundation, a national non-profit devoted to providing college scholarships to underprivileged students of South As(Show Full Bio)

Episode: 2/12/2015 @8:00 PM

383_jasontoffJason Toff

Head of Vine
Twitter / Vine

Jason Toff currently works at Twitter, where he oversees the Vine team. Prior to Twitter, Jason spent 5.5 years at Google, where he worked on Chrome, Gmail, and YouTube. Jason graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, where he concentrated in Management and Operations. Outside of work, Jason serves as the President of the Board of PALS Programs, a non-profit that creates camps and programs for young adults with Down syndrome.

Episode: 1/8/2015 @7:00 PM

Mallika Dutt, New York, 2013Mallika Dutt

President and CEO

Mallika Dutt is the founder and president of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization whose mission is to build a world where violence against women is unacceptable and all beings can thrive. Working through centers in India and the United States, Breakthrough has reached millions through an innovative mix of multimedia campaigns and community engagement.

Prior to founding Breakthrough, Mallika served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s office in New Delhi and as the Director of the Norman Foundation in NYC, which addressed human rights issues across the United States. She also acted as the Associate Director at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, an institution that was at the forefront of the global movement demanding recognition for women’s rights as human rights.

Mallika currently serves on the boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Neo Philanthropy.

Episode: 2/5/2015 @7:15 PM

482_Mark Pinsky Headshot_5.22.13 Photo Credit ©Joanne S. LawtonSLASHWashingt...Mark Pinksy

President and CEO
Opportunity Finance Network

Mark Pinsky is President & CEO of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). He is responsible primarily for the organization’s vision and strategy.

OFN is the national network of more than 200 high-performing community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities across the nation. CDFIs in the OFN Membership manage more than $20 billion dedicated to that purpose.

Since joining OFN in 1995, Mark has led the organization and the CDFI industry through a series of transformations. During this period, industry assets and financing have grown more than ten times and Member CDFIs have consistently and dramatically expanded their product offerings, market penetration, and geographic coverage.

OFN has led groundbreaking innovations, including the Equity Equivalent investment product, the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance, the CDFI Assessment and Ratings Servi(Show Full Bio)

Episode: 1/15/2015 @7:15 PM

481_Bill Bynum - HOPE CEOWilliam Bynum


For more than three decades, Bill Bynum has worked to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. He began his professional career by helping to establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development finance industry, and later built nationally recognized programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.

He moved to Jackson in 1994 to become the founding CEO of the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta, and in 1995 organized Hope Community Credit Union. Today HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union), is a regional community development financial institution and policy center that ensures access to responsible financial services for underserved and places across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. HOPE has generated more than $2 billion in financing that has benefited over 500,000 Mid South residents, and influenced community development policies and practices nationwide.
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Episode: 1/15/2015 @8:00 PM

497_JAG Head ShotJim Guest

Consumers International

Jim Guest has worked for over four decades as a leader in the U.S. and international consumer movements. Most recently he served as President of Consumer Reports from 2001 to 2014. He currently serves as President of Consumers International, a federation of more than 250 consumer organizations from 115 countries around the world. Earlier in his career he headed three major state agencies in Vermont and later was CEO of nonprofit advocacy organizations at the state and national levels. During his tenure as CEO of Consumer Reports Guest led the world’s largest nonprofit consumer product-testing and advocacy organization through major transformation into the rapidly changing and challenging digital marketplace.

Episode: 1/22/2015 @8:00 PM

496_anneAnne Ewers

President & CEO
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

In July, 2007 Anne Ewers assumed the role of President & CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc. The $35 million organization owns and operates the Kimmel Center and manages the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theatre, homes to eight resident companies. The Kimmel Center also presents a panoply of its own offerings including Broadway, jazz and popular mix.

In her inaugural year with the Center, the Company retired its $30 million construction debt, raised the endowment from $40 million to $72 million and garnered $10 million to establish a biennial city-wide festival, The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Launched in 2011 and repeated in 2013, the Festival has drawn over 600,000 attendees, driving $79.3 million into the region’s economy. In tandem with Kieran Timberlake Architects, the Company has developed a Master Plan for which $14 million has been raised to improve Verizon Hall acoustics, renovate Hamilton Garden and Innovation Studio and open Volvér.

Episode: 1/22/2015 @7:15 PM

384_healeycypherHealey Cypher

Head of Retail Innovation
eBay Inc.

Healey Cypher is an eBay technology evangelist and leads the Retail Innovation group for eBay, Inc. Healey joined eBay in 2010 with the acquisition of where he was VP of Business Development and responsible for relationships with the largest retailers around the United States. Shortly after the acquisition, he served as the Chief of Staff of Global Product Management for eBay Marketplaces.
Healey is recognized as a leader in the retail space, hosting Next Generation of Retail Stores session at SXSW Interactive 2014, and regularly participating in NRF & events. He is often interviewed by top-tier media including CNN, Fast Company, USA Today, Inc. magazine and The Washington Post.

Healey’s passion is for retail innovation, and he spends a significant amount of energy pulling together technologies from teams within eBay, Inc. to form new and unparalleled user experiences in the physical retail world.

Episode: 1/8/2015 @7:00 PM

2014 Guests and Topics

December 18, 2014

327_ROXANNERoxanne Spillett

President Emeritus
Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Roxanne Spillett, in her 16 year tenure as President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, led the most successful transformation of what is today one of the Top Ten nonprofit organizations in America. The Boys & Girls Club Movement is made up of more than 4,000 Club affiliates in the United States, and on U.S. military bases across the world. With a combined staff of 50,000 full and part-time employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, the Movement serves some 4 million boys and girls.

Spillett’s 1996 appointment to the presidency of BGCA marked a new era. She led BGCA through a decade of major expansion, implementing a growth strategy that more than doubled the size and scope of the Boys & Girls Club Movement, tripled its revenues and significantly advanced its programs. Simultaneously, the organization unveiled a dynamic new brand strategy, featuring national spokesperson Denzel Washington, which is heightening the public profile of Boys & Girls Clubs.

December 4

Special Guests


Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is also a breast oncologist and author.

After completing Amherst College, he received his M.Sc. from Oxford University in biochemistry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. In 1987-88, he was a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Emanuel has authored 6 books and co-edited 6 books. His most recent book, Reinventing American Health Care, provides an in-depth description of the American health care system and projects the future of medicine. Previously, he released Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of An American Family. Other publications include The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics, edited by Dr. Emanuel and members of the NIH Department of Bioethics and Healthcare, Guaranteed, Dr. Emanuel’s own recommendations for health care reform. He is a regular contributor for medical journals such as the Journal of The American Medical Association and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is also an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times. For more information, please go to his website.

Gregg-2013 In addition to being the author of various books, Gregg Easterbrook is contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Monthly, and write the Tuesday Morning Quarterback column for He lectures and occasionally teaches college courses. In prior jobs, he has been national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, a contributing editor of The New Republic, a political columnist for Reuters, a columnist for, an editor of The Washington Monthly, a contributing editor to Newsweek and to U.S. News & World Report, a distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation, a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution, a bartender, a bus driver and a used-car salesman.

He was born in 1953 in Buffalo, New York, to parents who were naturalized Americans. He is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His wife works for the Department of State and they’ve lived overseas in Pakistan and Belgium. Gregg currently lives outside Washington, DC with his wife and three children.

November 20

Special Guests


Award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College. A dedicated teacher with a passion for Christian higher education, he has lectured on five continents and is committed to raising awareness of the value of a Gordon education around the globe. View from the Top, Dr. Lindsay’s most recent book, was released in May 2014. It reports the findings of his 10-year PLATINUM Study, the largest-ever interview-based study of senior organizational leaders—including former Presidents Carter and Bush, and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits—and has garnered media attention around the country. President Lindsay’s Pulitzer-nominated book, Faith in the Halls of Power, was listed in Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2007,” and his work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and Fox News Channel.

President Lindsay is a strong advocate for Christian leadership as defined by a commitment to excellence and service, both hallmarks of the Gordon experience. He has introduced two new programs at Gordon designed to inspire and mentor this next generation of thoughtful Christian leaders. The Gordon Presidential Fellows program, now in its second year, is the only one of its kind modeled after the highly selective White House Fellowship. The program provides a group of talented Gordon students the opportunity to develop their leadership potential through unique exposure to senior leaders, substantive work assignments with a member of the President’s Cabinet, and horizon-broadening educational opportunities. In the summer of 2013, President Lindsay introduced the Elevate program at Gordon College, a weeklong “leadership lab” through which high-achieving high school students from around the world can advance their leadership potential.

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, President Lindsay holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. President Lindsay and his wife, Rebecca, are both Phi Beta Kappa graduates of Baylor University. Rebecca is also a published author and educator and serves Gordon as the Ambassador for the College. The Lindsays live on campus with their three daughters.

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LoraineStomskiLorraine Stomski, Ph.D., is a Partner with Aon Hewitt, based in the United States. Her primary function is the Service Line Leader for Leadership. Dr. Stomski has over 20 years of experience in leadership strategy and development. Since joining Aon in 1992 from AT&T, she has worked with several large employers in the Fortune 500. Lorraine’s experience includes the development of global high potential programs, assessment/development centers, talent strategy, executive assessment and succession planning. Her specialties include leadership development, retention and development of top talent, top team effectiveness, executive coaching, and increasing women’s presence at the top.

Dr. Stomski received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and (SIOP) and the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Stomski is a frequent speaker on the topic of best in class practices within the field of leadership globally. She is one of the authors in the books Strategy Driven Talent Management: A Leadership Imperative (2010), Advancing Executive Coaching: Setting the Course for Successful Leadership Coaching (2011) and the newly released Advancing Human Resource Project Management (2014). Dr. Stomski has also been featured as a blogger for Harvard Business Review.


Janice L. Semper is Manager, Executive Development in GE Corporate. She is responsible for the performance management, talent management and other corporate leadership development processes. Janice is currently leading an effort to drive a culture of simplification to make GE a simpler, faster and customer-focused organization.

Janice has been with GE for 18 years where she held a number of HR Leader positions at GE Corporate and GE Capital . She has worked in the US and Europe and began began her career with Pepsi-Cola Company where she worked for six years holding a number of positions in Human Resources including Management Development, Organization Development and Training Specialist. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and M.A. in Organization Psychology from Columbia University in New York.

November 13

Special Guests

Sheila_HeenSheila has spent the last twenty years with the Harvard Negotiation Project, developing negotiation theory and practice. She specializes in particularly difficult negotiations – where emotions run high and relationships become strained. Sheila is co-author of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Penguin 2000) and Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off-Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood) (Viking 2014). She has been featured on Oprah, CNBC Power Lunch, and NPR.

Chris_Warner_head_shotChris uses his gripping stories to illustrate the need for all of us to build better teams. He helps the audience transfer the leadership lessons by teaching a data driven, real world, formula for building high performance teams. For the last 30 years Chris Warner has been building better leaders and guiding teams to success in real life or death situations. He’s guided over 200 international mountaineering expeditions, leading teams to the summits of Everest and K2. He is the founder and CEO of a successful mid-market company (Earth Treks, Inc) with 250 employees serving over 750,000 customers each year. He teaches leadership at the Wharton School of Business. He has conducted leadership workshops for CEO groups, Fortune 500 company senior executives, the NFL Ravens coaching staff and the US Intelligence and Defense Agencies (from covert ops teams to the National Counter Terrorism Taskforce). He is a co-author of several leadership books including High Altitude Leadership and Upward Bound. For more on Chris, please see his website.

November 6

Special Guests

Jon_Huntsman_headshot_2Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, serving on its Board of Overseers for 28 years and as Chair of that Board for the past 14 years. He is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Huntsman Corporation, a leading global petrochemical manufacturer. Author of the bestseller Winners Never Cheat and the recent Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer, his books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Hunstman Corporation. In 1995, he founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute, one of America’s largest cancer research centers. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Karen.


Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Dubai Bank, Genentech, Nike, PayPal, and Twitter.

Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. She is the author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game ff Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, a Wall Street Journal bestseller and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools.

She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and a variety of other business and leadership journals. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, Harvard, the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford and Yale. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. For more on Liz, visit her website or follow her on Twitter @LizWiseman.

October 30

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As president and CEO of PATH, Steve Davis combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work of driving transformative global health innovation to save and improve lives, reaching 219 million people in 2013. He also currently serves as interim vice president, Global Engagement and Communications. Mr. Davis’ long-standing commitment to human rights and global development grew from his early work on refugee programs and policies, and from his later focus on Chinese politics and law. He has employed that same passion as a leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit companies and international organizations, including as CEO of internet pioneer and global digital media firm Corbis, director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company, and interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute.

Earlier in his career, he practiced law at the international law firm of K&L Gates, with a focus on intellectual property. Mr. Davis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a faculty appointment as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the boards of InterAction and Global Partnerships and sits on several advisory groups, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, the Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Health Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Task Force on Non-Infectious Diseases, and Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Health Dialogue. He previously has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. Mr. Davis earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and his law degree from Columbia University. Follow Steve at @SteveDavisPATH

barsade_sigal-300dpiSigal Barsade, Ph.D., is the Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Wharton, Barsade was a professor at Yale University for a decade. She has had speaking engagements and consulted to myriad corporate, public, and nonprofit clients. She has served on numerous editorial boards. In addition, Barsade is faculty director of Wharton Executive Education’s High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact program. She researches emotional intelligence, organizational culture, the influence of emotions on work performance, group dynamics, leadership, and management teams.

October 23

Special Guests:

Bob Lutz with the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali luxury CUV

Bob Lutz began his automotive career in September 1963 at GM, where he held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions in Europe until December 1971. For the next 3 years, he served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at BMW in Munich and a member of that company’s board of management. Later, Lutz spent 12 years at Ford Motor Company, where his last position was Executive Vice President of Truck Operations. He also served as Chairman of Ford of Europe and as Executive Vice President of Ford’s International Operations. From 1982 to 1986, Lutz was a member of Ford’s board. He began his service with Chrysler in 1986 as Executive Vice President and was shortly thereafter elected to the Chrysler Corporation board. Lutz led all of Chrysler’s automotive activities, including Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Manufacturing, and Procurement and Supply. Lutz also served as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Chrysler’s car and truck operations worldwide. His 12 years with the company are chronicled in his 1998 book, “Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Made Chrysler the World’s Hottest Car Company.” “Guts” was revised and updated in 2003 and re-titled, “Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of our Time.”

Lutz rejoined GM on September 1, 2001, as Vice Chairman of Product Development. On November 13, 2001, he was named Chairman of GM North America and served in that capacity until April 4, 2005, when he assumed responsibility for Global Product Development. He also served as President of GM Europe on an interim basis from March to June 2004. Lutz joined Exide after a distinguished career with the former Chrysler Corporation from 1986 to 1998, where he reached the position of Vice Chairman. Lutz was chairman and chief executive officer of Exide Technologies. He served as Chairman until his resignation on May 17, 2002 and as a member of Exide’s Board of Directors until May 5, 2004. On April 1, 2009, Lutz was named Vice Chairman/ Senior Advisor providing strategic input into GM’s Global Design and key Product initiatives, a position he held until retirement at the end of 2009. He agreed to join the new GM at his current position. On July 23, 2009, he was appointed Vice Chairman, Marketing and Communications, and on December 4, 2009, he was named Vice Chairman, Special Advisor Design and Global Product Development. Lutz received his Bachelor’s degree in Production Management from the University of California-Berkeley in 1961, where he earned distinction as a Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Master’s degree in Marketing, with highest honors, from the University of California-Berkeley in 1962. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Management from Kettering University on June 21, 2003, and an honorary Doctorate of Law from Boston University in 1985.

On May 1, 2010, Robert A. Lutz, General Motors vice chairman, retired after a 47-year career in the global automotive industry, including senior leadership positions at four of the world’s leading automakers and founded Lutz Communications, a universal business consulting firm with an emphasis on businesses in motion.


John is a guest lecturer within various Wharton Executive Education programs. His practice focuses on building resilient leaders in any industry. John’s great passions in life are working with leaders, experiencing the outdoors, and laughing as much as possible. He is the principal of Kanengieter Consulting Group, a private organizational consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership and strategy solutions and considers it a down-right privilege to work with the clients and partners in his practice. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Executive Coaching and Consulting in Organizations and specializes in executive coaching and working with teams in challenging and high-risk work systems. He is a keynote speaker, consultant, coach and trusted confidant. His work with leaders is augmented by his expertise gained from 25 years in the field of leadership development and experiential education. His practice includes clients as individuals, teams, and large organizations with an emphasis on building a system of strong teams focused and aligned on clear strategies.

John’s background on extended mountaineering expeditions gives him valuable experience that he now uses in his work. A teacher at heart, John is a principle trainer contracted by NASA to work with International Space Station astronauts in the dynamics of teamwork and leadership on extended space expeditions. He has developed leadership programs for the US Naval Academy, Fortune 50 corporations, government, and individuals in a slew of different industries. For many years, John has served as the Director for Leadership at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and also as a visiting instructor to the Ascent Institute, the Jempe Center and the Leadership Institute of Seattle. John lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming where he really enjoys riding his bike as fast as he possibly can.

October 16

Special Guests:

Joel_LamsteinJoel Lamstein is founder and president of John Snow Inc. (JSI), an international public health consulting firm. Founded in 1978, JSI now has more than 2,000 people stationed in the United States and throughout the world working to enhance the lives of underserved and vulnerable populations. He is also president of World Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs. For the last five years JSI/World Education has been selected as one of the 100 best places to work in Massachusetts. Mr. Lamstein is a lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He is a frequent lecturer on organizational strategy, nonprofit management, international development and strategic management at The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and at the Sloan School, MIT. Mr. Lamstein serves on the boards of advisors at Boston University Public Health School, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is also on the board of Physicians for Human Rights and the Global Health Service Corps.Mr. Lamstein also co-founded Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 1973. He has been advisor to numerous public health programs throughout the world in issues of public health management. He received his BS in math and physics from the University of Michigan, and attended the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Follow Joel at @JSIjoel @JSIhealth @WorldEd

Mercy_PhotoMaria Mercedes (Mercy) Corrales is an Independent,Non-Executive Board Director, Executive Coach and Consultant. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Huhtamaki Oyj, a global packaging corporation headquartered in Espoo, Finland, a Southeast Asia Regional Advisor for a Global Private Equity firm and a Trustee for the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines. She has also served on the Boards of D.E Master Blenders (Netherlands), Fraser and Neave Limited (Singapore) Starbucks Coffee (Japan) and the Levi Strauss Foundation (San Francisco). A citizen of the Philippines, Mercy has led business units in 12 countries across Asia Pacific and Latin America for two iconic global companies – Levi Strauss and Co. and Starbucks Corporation. She rose from the ranks of LS & Co. to become President of Levi Strauss Japan and North Asia. She spent another five years with Starbucks Corporation as CEO/COO and Representative Director of Starbucks Coffee (Japan) and later President for Asia Pacific. Mercy has established a track record of turning around businesses through ‘a focus on people and innovation’. She is the first non-Japanese woman to successively lead two publicly listed companies in Japan and to receive the ‘Business Stateswoman of the Year’ award from the Harvard Business School Club of Japan (2008). She earned her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. TWITTER: @mercycorrales

October 9

Special Guests:

JessePujjiJesse Pujji is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ampush, a social technology company helping brands and direct response advertisers achieve performance at scale with Facebook Ads. As a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD), Ampush’s fully managed solutions deliver marketing ROI by amplifying the viral power of social recommendations, which Ampush calls Referred Intent. Jesse graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a second degree in Political Science. For more information, please visit Ampush and follow Jesse on @jspujji

slava-rubinSlava Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way that people fund what matters to them, and has led the organization to becoming the largest crowdfunding platform in the world. Slava is responsible for executing the company’s strategic growth initiatives, while overseeing all daily operations of the business. Prior to Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant working on behalf of clients such as MasterCard and FedEx for over a decade. Slava is also the founder of “Music Against Myeloma,” an annual charity event that raises funds and awareness for cancer research. Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has played a crucial role in working with the White House and the SEC to finalize the rules and regulations for equity crowdfunding. Slava also speaks at events across the globe including SXSW, Google I/O, Thomas Friedman’s Global Forum, Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit, and the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. Slava graduated with a B.S.E. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently travels back and forth between Indiegogo’s San Francisco and New York offices. For more information, please visit Indiegogo and follow Slava at @gogoSlava

October 3

Special Guests:

GrassoKatlyn Grasso, a senior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from Hamburg, New York, is pursuing a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in finance and strategic globalization. She is the CEO and Founder of GenHERation, a female empowerment network for high school girls. Katlyn is the President of the Wharton Small Business Development Center’s Growth Accelerator, the Co-President of Wharton Ambassadors, an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship, and performs with Soundworks Tap Factory. She is also the National Student Ambassador for Women in Toys and a Community Leader for the United Nation’s Girl Up initiative.

Katlyn is passionate about social entrepreneurship and working with startups. She has founded two nonprofit organizations and is the owner of the dance exercise program Tap for Tots. Katlyn is a member of Wharton’s Venture Initiation Program with her startup GenHERation and has conducted international research on leadership development. Her work has been featured in national media outlets, including The Huffington Post Live, CBS Radio Los Angeles, SiriusXM Radio, Poets & Quants, Wharton International Business Review, and Wharton Magazine. Read more about GenHERation here.

Ric_RamseyRic Ramsey serves as the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Philadelphia, one of the 25 sites within the City Year, Inc., network, a national nonprofit organization wholly dedicated to fighting the national dropout crisis in the Unites States. Ric comes to City Year with a rich history of experience, including a 10-year tenure with LEAD: the Leadership Education and Development Program. As President and CEO of this Philadelphia-based and nationally-focused program, Ric advanced the education of minority youth while preparing them for a successful future. Today, LEAD programs are offered at 15 of the nation’s top business and engineering schools – including the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. Under Ric’s leadership, LEAD nearly doubled its number of students served and took the organization global to South Africa.

More recently, Ric launched Inspired by LEAD, sharing the LEAD Model through year-round afterschool programming to 1,000 at-risk youth, aimed at keeping them in school. Throughout his time at LEAD, Ric secured the largest grants in the history of the organization, a testament to his business-savvy and ability to build meaningful partnerships. Ric also brings extensive experience in the business and sales world, and is an active volunteer in the community, including serving on the Deloitte Diversity External Advisory Board. Ric is a graduate of Hampton University and the Stern School of Business at New York University. Ric joined City Year Philadelphia in April 2013. Read More about City Year here.

Daniel_FineDaniel Fine is a senior at Penn and the Founder of Team Brotherly Love and The Fine Companies, which include Sunglass company Glass-U and Medical Solution, Dosed. Glass-U, makes fully folding sunglasses and is licensed to hundreds of universities and nearly every Greek organization in the country. They have been featured at events ranging from The Rose Bowl to Lollapalooza and were an official licensee of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer! Fine’s been named one of the World’s Top Student Entrepreneurs and has represented the United States on a global scale. At just 21 years old, Philadelphia Magazine just named him Philly’s Best Entrepreneur of 2014!

Siobhan_KellyandMassaSiobhan Reardon is President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the first woman to serve in this capacity. Since joining the Free Library in 2008, Ms. Reardon has spearheaded the Library’s initiative to move beyond its walls by creating computer and internet outposts called Hot Spots that offer free access and training in partnership with local organizations in underserved neighborhoods, in the city’s first roving “techmobile,” and at the Philadelphia International Airport, where travelers can access the internet for free and download library materials on the go. In addition, Ms. Reardon steered the creation of an ambitious five-year strategic plan for the Library, underscored by a mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity.

Ms. Reardon’s vision for the future—Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative—includes the launch of a new model of service wherein neighborhood libraries will undergo physical and programmatic changes to directly respond to and meet the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. It also includes the renovation and reimagining of the Parkway Central Library. In addition, she has begun implementation of a significant organizational restructuring of her 700-member staff, aiming to improve efficiencies, internal communications, and customer experience, all while creating critical new positions such as that of the Digital Resource Specialist. In 2014, the Free Library Foundation, which Ms. Reardon also oversees, merged with the renowned Rosenbach Museum & Library, combining two of the finest collections of rare materials into one of world-class standing with strengths in Americana and British, American, and Modernist literature.

September 25

Special Guests:

Anne_2013Anne Buchanan founded Buchanan Public Relations in 1998, after a 17-year career as a public relations agency director, journalist and corporate communications manager. The firm specializes in strategic planning, public and media relations, social media and crisis communications for large, global corporations, regional businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Before founding Buchanan PR, Anne worked as a journalist for a chain of newspapers in suburban Pittsburgh, worked in marketing communications for one of the nation’s largest banks, held an appointed position in the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and launched the public relations department at a large, Philadelphia advertising agency. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., Journalism). An Accredited Public Relations professional, she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and has served as Vice President of the Philadelphia chapter. Anne is active in a number of professional and non-profit organizations; she sits on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and has served as a Trustee of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Buchanan Public Relations is a founding member of The Public Relations Global Network (, a consortium of independently owned public relations firms around the world. Anne has served as President of the organization and continues to serve on the Executive Committee. Anne’s website is

Peter_Thiel_Sept_2014Peter is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director. The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future.

September 18

Special Guests:

Bill_BowlingWilliam Bowling is a licensed guide for the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He has served as a guide for many years for visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield, managed by the U.S. National Park Service, and he has taught college courses on Civil War and American history.

September 11

Special Guests:

Preston_Cline1_Headshot_2010_CROPPreston began his formal career in the late 1980’s leading 60-day remote wilderness trips with adjudicated youth out of New Jersey. Trained as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, a NAUI Rescue Diver and an Ocean Lifeguard Trainer, Preston has led both terrestrial and marine Search and Rescue teams, leading the primary, secondary and tertiary responses to a number of critical and catastrophic incidents. In addition, he has served as an incident investigator, an expert witness and a critical incident stress manager on cases involving fatalities in remote environments.

Prior to coming to Wharton, Preston ran Adventure Management, an operational risk management consulting firm that worked with governments and universities around the world on issues related to teaching and working in remote environments. Preston graduated with honors from Rutgers University, with Bachelors of Environmental Science and a minor in Professional Youth Work, as well as a Masters of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Risk and Prevention Program, where he completed formal research in the etymology and epistemology of risk. Having been cold, wet, tired and hungry on all seven continents he is currently trying to live the life of an academic by pursuing his doctorate in the Educational Leadership program at the UPENN Graduate School of Education studying the training and education of Mission Critical Teams. Preston lives with his amazing wife Amy and together they are looked after by Sydney the super dog, while the two cats Kittery and La Paz plot their eventual downfall.

Profile_PurpledressLaura Garnett is a Performance Strategist, speaker and the creator of The Zone of Genius Assessment — a powerful process that clarifies your unique talent and purpose, to produce greater impact, results and fulfillment at work. She speaks at events and conferences across the country, including TEDx, and is a regular contributor to, The Huffington Post and the Zappos Delivering Happiness blog.Prior to launching her own New York-based consultancy, Laura honed her strategy, branding and mission-refining skills at companies like Capital One, American Express, IAC and Google.

September 4

Special Guests:

HowardGardner_2002_hi_resHoward Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 2011. He has received honorary degrees from twenty-nine colleges and universities. In 2005 and again in 2008, he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.

The author of twenty-nine books translated into thirty-two languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. He has also written extensively on creativity, leadership, professional ethics, and the arts. For the last several years, he has worked in various capacities with Harvard undergraduates and is now undertaking a study of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century. His latest co-authored book, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, was published in October 2013.

DeborahTannen-head_shotDeborah Tannen is best known as the author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on The New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. Her book, Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work, was a New York Times Business best seller. Her two most recent books, You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives and You’re Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation were also New York Times best sellers.

Deborah Tannen is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows. Among the many shows on which she has appeared are 20/20, The Colbert Report, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Oprah, Hardball, Nightline, and Good Morning America, as well as many shows on CNN and NPR, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Fresh Air. She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Dr. Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Please visit Deborah’s website at

August 28

Special Guests:

Brennan_Jack_cropJack Brennan is chairman emeritus and senior advisor of The Vanguard Group, which is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Vanguard is the world’s largest mutual fund provider, and oversees nearly $3 billion in client assets. Mr. Brennan joined Vanguard in 1982, and served as chairman and CEO for more than a decade. He currently serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, including General Electric and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission.


Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania, and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to expand opportunity worldwide and build greater resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through work that advances health, revalues ecosystems, secures livelihoods and transforms cities.

A widely recognized international leader in academia, science and development issues, Dr. Rodin has actively participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Rodin is also a member of the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel, a Board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (co-created by The Rockefeller Foundation). In November 2012 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo named Dr. Rodin to co-chair the NYS 2100 Commission on long-term resilience following Superstorm Sandy.

A pioneer and innovator throughout her career, Dr. Rodin was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s president. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements.

Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written 12 books. She has received 19 honorary doctorate degrees and has been named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York three years in a row. She has also been recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Rodin serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and non-profits including Citigroup, Laureate Education, Inc., Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Dr. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.


TWITTER: @RockefellerFdn

August 21

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Alison Levine is an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She has climbed the highest peak on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole. In January 2008 she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Levine completed this arduous journey on skis while hauling 150 pounds of her gear and supplies in a sled harnessed to her waist. In May 2010 she completed the Adventure Grand Slam – climbing the 7 Summits (highest peak on each continent) and skiing to both Poles, an accomplishment fewer than 30 people in the world can claim. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy given she has had 3 heart surgeries and suffers from a neurological disease that causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather, leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite.

Alison is the subject of the PBS documentary Living Courageously and has made numerous appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, FOX, CBS’ Evening News, and other national programs. She is featured prominently in the book More Than 85 Broads. Her accomplishments are also featured in other books including Smart Move and In Extremis Leadership. Her story has been the subject of articles in Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, Entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated, Outside, and other publications.

In addition to having tackled some of the most extreme environments in the outdoors, Levine has also spent more than two decades in the business world. Her professional career has encompassed healthcare, technology and finance. After earning her MBA from Duke University she moved to New York to work for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she left Wall Street to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California. Levine spent three years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. She serves on the advisory board of the CoachK/Duke University Center on Leadership & Ethics and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. In 2005, she founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains so they will have the skills to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism. For more on Alison, see her website, or follow her @levine_alison.

High-res_photo_of_AmySaxtonAmy grew up with a front row seat to the fulfillment of the American dream. Her mother emigrated to the U.S. from Panama and became the first in her family to graduate from college. Through hard work and sheer determination, Amy’s parents catapulted their family to the middle class, helping numerous family members seeking their own version of the dream along the way. Their message to Amy: “You can be anything you want to be. AND you have to know your community and give back.” Amy’s life work is built on those words.

Her commitment has been honed in leadership roles across the nonprofit sector. At Summer Search, Amy is our conduit for inspirational energy, drawing on her broad background in leadership, strategy and education to lead the way towards our vision. During her seven years at Bridgespan, Amy developed growth strategies for leading youth development organizations and implemented firm-wide initiatives to recruit and retain employees of color. She has also served as a director at Springboard Forward, where she deepened her expertise on how to fine tune organizations for greatest impact.

Amy’s work includes published articles on education, including The Challenge of Organizational Learning, (Stanford Social innovation Review, 2011); Going for the Gold: The Secret of Successful Charter Schools (Education Next, 2009); Aspire Public Schools: Building the Organizational Capacity for Healthy Growth and The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans: Focusing for Impact, (2008 and 2006; case studies at

August 14

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Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he teaches leadership and leadership development. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he recently released True North Groups.

Bill currently serves on the boards of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Mayo Clinic, and formerly on the boards Novartis and Target. He is the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic. Bill has made frequent appearances on television and radio, and his articles have appeared in numerous publications. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012 and has been named one of “Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years” by PBS.

Joyce_Meng_PictureJoyce Meng is the Co-Founder and CEO of Givology, an online giving marketplace for education that connects donors to grassroots education projects and student scholarships around the world. Since its founding in 2008, Givology has raised over $410,000 to support 3,600 students in 30 different countries through 50 grassroots partnerships.

As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, Givology pioneers microphilanthropy and leverages small dollar donations and time through 200 volunteers, 18 chapters, 12,000 registered donors, and 8,000 supporters in social media. Joyce graduated summa cum laude from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania and went on for graduate studies at Oxford in development economics and financial economics as a Rhodes Scholar. She is featured as one of the “30 under 30 in Education” Forbes Magazine 2014. Check out more about givology at or @givology

JohnFlynnJohn F. Flynn has been a YMCA executive director for 35 years. His career has spanned the YMCA Associations of Holyoke, Massachusetts (1978-1986), Schenectady, New York (1986-1990), Albany, New York (1990-2007), and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2007-present) where he assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2007.

Throughout his career Mr. Flynn has been associated with fast growing YMCAs and through fund-raising initiatives has partnered with community leaders to build eight new YMCAs. Under his leadership the YMCAs referenced have raised in excess of $100 Million for annual fund, capital projects and endowment collectively.

Mr. Flynn is a graduate of Springfield College, has written and presented on various aspects of YMCA leadership on National and International forums, and has been recognized by the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP), as well as, the Boy’s Clubs of America, Police Athletic League, United States Jaycees, the YMCA of the USA, Springfield College and the Council of Community Services of the Capital Region of New York State. He presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife of 38 years, Ellen, and has two grown children.


Professor MacDuffie is Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. PVMI carries on the work of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), the research network founded at M.I.T. to study the challenges facing the global automotive industry, which Professor MacDuffie co-directed from 2001-2012. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. degree from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

Prof. MacDuffie’s research examines the diffusion of lean or flexible production as an alternative to mass production; the impact of human resource systems and work organization on economic performance; collaborative problem-solving within and across firms; and the relationship between product and organizational architecture. His global research on the determinants of high-performance manufacturing is featured centrally in the books The Machine That Changed the World and After Lean Production: Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry. His research and commentary on the global automotive industry and trends in employment systems are featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and on National Public Radio and Knowledge@Wharton. He is a founding board member of the Industry Studies Association; a member of the Automotive Experts Group at the Federal Reserve Bank; and a member of the Automotive Industry Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum.

Deb_GiffenDeb Giffen

Greg_SheaGregory P. Shea, Ph.D., consults, teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of organizational and individual change, leadership, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. He is Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and of its Aresty Institute of Executive Education, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the Wharton School, a Faculty Associate of the Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change, President of Shea & Associates, Inc, Senior Consultant at the Center for Applied Research, and a principal in the Coxe Group, an international consulting firm serving the design professions. He served as Academic Director for the Johnson and Johnson/Wharton Program for Health System CEO’s and for fourteen years as Academic Director for the Johnson and Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program for Nurse Executives. His awards include an Excellence in Teaching Award from Wharton. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association.


Recently re-elected to his second term as Mayor of his hometown, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America’s fifth largest city – devising the City’s innovative school reform strategy, vowing to strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America.

Since taking office in January 2008, Michael Nutter has vigorously managed city government through the worst recession since the Great Depression by maintaining core services and reducing the City’s spending – most notably closing a $2.4 billion gap in Philadelphia’s five year plan without compromising a single police officer, fire fighter, sanitation, or health center worker.

Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Nutter has been committed to public service since his youth in West Philadelphia. He served almost 15 years on the Philadelphia City Council, earning the reputation of a reformer, before his election as Mayor of Philadelphia. He is happily married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia.

July 24

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Randi Brosterman is a retired principal from Deloitte Consulting (active until 2014). Randi has embarked on a personal and professional journey on the topic of women and leadership. An independent consultant, Randi is a writer, coach, educator and inspirational speaker focused on leadership development and self-empowerment in women and girls. Randi spent over 25 years in Deloitte Consulting’s Financial Services Industry practice, working with financial institutions in the areas of banking, securities, investment management, insurance, and credit ratings. Her main focus at Deloitte was helping clients to achieve Service Operations Excellence.

She held a number of leadership roles within Deloitte, including leading Deloitte’s mid-market Consulting FSI practice, Deloitte Consulting’s risk management initiative within the Securities Industry, as well as various leadership roles within Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative and partner sponsor of Deloitte’s Parents Community. In her leadership roles, she focused on attracting, retaining and developing top talent at Deloitte, and fostering an environment of inclusion that develops skills in networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and leadership development.

A member of the community board of United Way of Northern Westchester, Ms. Brosterman has been president of this organization and has served on the Steering Committee of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of United Way of Westchester/ Putnam. Randi is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council of Westchester and Putnam. She is also member of the Women’s Bond Club and the Financial Women’s Association of New York. Randi holds both an MBA in Finance/Marketing (WG’88) and a BS in Economics (W’81), both from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Brosterman is married to Bob Hutchens (WG’88), and they have two children.

Victor, ID April 23, 2013 : An evening stroll around Mountain Side Village.

Kat has been teaching, facilitating, coaching and building highly effective teams in the office, the classroom and outdoors for over 20 years. She divides her time between the custom division of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS Pro) as a Senior Account Manager and Expedition Leader, and her consulting business, Leadership at Play, LLC. For NOLS, she had led over 100 wilderness expeditions in N.A., Argentina, Chile and Australia. She teaches mountaineering, whitewater canoeing and backcountry skiing. Highlights include canyoneering with Shuttle Crew STS 122 during 100yr flood conditions and summiting Mt. Burney, Chile for the second time, 30 years after its first ascent. A few of Kat’s past clients include: NASA, Google, the United Nations Development Programme, the Wharton School, Wharton Exec Ed, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Timbuk2, Four Season’s, National Park Service, and Tata Steel.

Kat has a unique talent for inspiring people to be their best and concluding discussions positively, by offering insights, building common understanding and encouraging contributions from all team members. Kat is a firm believer in learning from practical experience and cultivating robust self-awareness. Kat has a M.A. in Leadership and Training (Royal Roads University), B.Ed. (Queen’s University) and a B.A. (Trent University).

Kat lives in the Tetons with her husband, Bruce, and their two dogs, Luna and Hank. She is zealous about her backyard (Greater Yellowstone Area), endurance events (such as skiing across Yellowstone N.P. in a day) and playing outdoors as much as possible. For more information on Kat, please see or

schneiderMatt Schneider lives with his wife and two sons in New York City. He is the co-founder of City Dads Group, a dynamic and diverse community of fathers in 11 cities across the United States. Matt has contributed to The Huffington Post, Quartz, New York Family Magazine, and hosts hosts The Modern Dads Podcast, a show highlighting stories of 21st century dads and families.


Capt. Michele Fitzsimmons has been a member of the FDNY since May of 2001. She was promoted to the rank of Captain in April, making her the highest ranking active female firefighter in the FDNY. Prior to her promotion she served as a lieutenant for 7 years and worked in Engine 67, serving the upper Manhattan community of Washington Heights. She currently works as an Instructor at the FDNY’s Probationary Firefighter School where she assists in the molding and development of future generations of firefighters. Capt. Fitzsimmons participates in multiple activities within the FDNY including; The Family Assistance Unit, Wharton Business School Ventures, Peer Health Fitness Instructor and Corporate Challenges. In 2007 Capt. Fitzsimmons co-founded Phoenix Firecamp, a week long sleep away camp for teenage girls. The camp introduces young women to the fire service and helps build self-confidence.

Captain Fitzsimmons has served as; the President of FireFLAG, the FDNY’s gay and lesbian fraternal organization, a board member of the Fire Service Women of New York State, a board member of her local civic association and a borough representative of the United Women Firefighters. Prior to working in the FDNY Capt. Fitzsimmons worked for 10 years providing social services to the HIV/AIDS community of NYC.

July 17

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Eric Orts is the Guardsmark Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department with a secondary appointment in Management. He is also the faculty director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and serves as faculty co-director of the FINRA at Wharton Institute. His primary research and teaching interests are in corporate governance, securities regulation, environmental law and policy, and professional ethics.

Prior to joining Wharton’s faculty, he practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. He has also been a visiting professor at a number of other business and law schools, including the University of Leuven (law faculty), the University of Michigan Law School, NYU School of Law, Sydney Law School, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and UCLA School of Law. He was a Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Ethics and the Professions and a faculty fellow in the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School. He is currently a visiting professor at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Orts is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA), the New School for Social Research (MA in political science), the University of Michigan (JD), and Columbia University (JSD). He is a member of the bar of New York and the District of Columbia, as well as an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is a founding board member of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability and serves on the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly. Over the course of his career, he has advised and interacted with a wide range of companies in different sectors and in different countries. In 2011, he won the MBA Excellence in Teaching Award for an Elective Course at the Wharton School.


Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry is the author of a bestselling leadership book entitled “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership”. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter’s chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter’s board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development. His twenty three year career at Baxter included senior positions in both domestic and international operations. In 1993, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for financial operations, business development, global communications, and European operations. Over the next several years, he assumed additional responsibility for Baxter’s Renal and Medication Delivery businesses. He was elected to Baxter’s board of directors in 1995, and was named president of Baxter International Inc. in 1997. Before joining Baxter, Mr. Kraemer worked for Bank of America in corporate banking and for Northwest Industries in planning and business development.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant. For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management. Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization. Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois.

July 7

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Arianna_HuffingtonbookArianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. More information can be found on and @huffingtonpost


Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She is the anchor of Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo on FBN (9-11 AM/ET) and will also host a forthcoming Sunday business program on FOX News Channel (FNC). Bartiromo has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. During her 20-year tenure as the face of CNBC, she launched the network’s morning program, Squawk Box; anchored The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo; and was the anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated On the Money with Maria Bartiromo, formerly The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.

Maria has received numerous prestigious awards, including two Emmys and a Gracie Award. Her first Emmy was for her 2008 News and Documentary coverage of the 2007-2008 financial collapse and her “Bailout Talks Collapse” coverage was broadcast on NBC Nightly News. She later won a second Emmy for her 2009 documentary, “Inside the Mind of Google,” which aired globally on CNBC. She also won a Gracie Award for “Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream,” also broadcast globally on CNBC.

Bartiromo is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, the Board of Directors of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the Board of Directors of The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). She graduated from New York University, where she studied journalism and economics. She also served as an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business for the fall semesters of 2010 through 2013. Maria is a member of the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board. Follow Maria at @MariaBartiromo.

Gilbert_ProbstGilbert Probst is Professor for Organisational Behaviour and Management and Co-Director of the Executive-MBA program at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is also Managing Director and the Dean of the Global Leadership Fellows Program (World Economic Forum). Professor Probst is an award-winning author and editor of a number of books and articles in prestigious journals (Oraganization Science, Academy of Management Executive, European Management Journal). He served as a consultant for various major companies such as Kuoni, Holcim, Hewlett Packard, Siemens, Winterthur Insurance, Deutsche Bank, DaimlerChrysler or Swisscom, and has been a board member for Holcim, Kuoni and several SMEs. Research of Prof. Probst focusses on three pillars: organizational growth, complex and ambidextrous organizations, and learning organization. These three researach areas may be considered as organization’s major challanges.

In order to intensify the research regarding organizational growth, the Center for Organizational Excellence (CORE) has been created. Its aim is to analyze the major growth issues organizations face. Investigations on the subject of ambidexterity strive for resolving the difficult task of balancing simultaneously exploitative activities (daily business) and explorative activities (innovations). Within the second research field Prof. Probst created and leads a Center on PPP, Public-Private- Partnerships research. The third research area focuses on knowledge management as well as on learning organizations. Fruit of this research area is the creation of the Geneva Knowledge Forum in 1995.

July 26

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Joe Moglia is the Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade and the Head Football Coach & Chair of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University. In 1984 Joe entered the MBA Training Program at Merrill Lynch, where there were 25 MBA’s and 1 Football Coach. By 1988, he was Merrill Lynch’s Number One Producer in the World. He ultimately had responsibility for Global Fixed Income Institutional Sales, the Municipal Division, Investment Products, the Insurance Company, the 401(k) Business, and Middle Market Business, as well as serving on the Executive Committee for both the Institutional and Private Client Businesses.

Joe became the CEO of TD Ameritrade in 2001. By 2008 the firm had its 6th record year in a row, grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, shareholders enjoyed a 500% financial return, and Client Assets reached $280 billion. In 2008, Joe stepped down as CEO and became Chairman of the Board.

This season will be Joe’s 22nd as a Football Coach, but it’s not a traditional 22 years. He began his career as a coach for 16 years, moved to the business world for over 20, and back to coaching in 2009. In his last 8 seasons coaching, Joe has been part of 6 championship teams. In his first two seasons at Coastal, Joe led his team to two conference championships, two National Playoffs, was Conference Coach of the Year and twice named a finalist for National Coach of the Year.


Keith Ferrazzi has won a place as one of the top thought leaders in American business. His first book, Never Eat Alone, redefined networking, once a maligned practice, as the lingua franca of our times. His #1 NY Times bestseller Who’s Got Your Back focuses on building relationships with a trusted team of peers who provide the perspective and candid advice that advances our careers and well-being. Ferrazzi has been named a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and one of the most creative Americans in Who’s Really Who.

Ferrazzi moves audiences to action and has been enthusiastically recognized as one the world’s most dynamic, engaging speakers. He has received accolades from an impressively diverse list of listeners: Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, the United Nations, Facebook, the World Economic Forum, Kraft, GM, Century 21, AT&T, and Aon, to name a few. Ferrazzi has been a contributor to CNN, CNBC, and Ali Veshi’s Real Money and a guest on Larry King Live and the Today Show. His writing has appeared in Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review.

Ferrazzi grew up in Latrobe, PA, where his father was a steelworker and his mother a cleaning lady. He and his entire family worked double shifts to send him to the very best prep schools – and ultimately to Yale undergrad and Harvard Business School – imbuing in Ferrazzi a sense of gratitude that has deeply influenced his message: Generosity in relationships is the cornerstone of success.

June 19

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Ken Adelman was the Director of the U.S. Arms Control Agency for President Ronald Reagan during the 1986 Reykjavik summit, and accompanied Reagan at three superpower summits. He also served as a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Adelman is Executive Producer of a feature film “Reykjavik” with Michael Douglas as Ronald Reagan, Christoph Waltz as Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ridley Scott as Producer. After government, he taught Shakespeare at Georgetown and George Washington Universities, and National Security Studies at Johns Hopkins and those two universities.
Graduating as a religion major from Grinnell College, Adelman received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and a Doctorate in Political Theory from Georgetown University.
With his humor, wit, and insight, he has been a top-evaluated keynote speaker for YPO, industry and professional groups across the country. Appearing frequently on television and radio, he is a superb storyteller with an accomplished career. Adelman is an excellent keynote speaker for corporations, associations, and universities. Follow Ken on @adelman and


Janet Cowell is North Carolina’s popularly elected Treasurer and is the first woman to hold the office. With over 20 years of private and public-sector financial leadership, Cowell oversees more than 80 billion dollars in pension investments for the more than 875,000 teachers, firefighters, and public employees in North Carolina. As Treasurer, she manages the 32nd largest public pension in the world and the third most solid in the nation. In 2013, Treasurer Cowell was named one of the top 25 public pension executives in the world by Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, and is one of only two United States fund managers to rank in the top 25 globally.

Cowell is a Wharton School of Business alumna, the Chair of the State Banking Commission, and recently chosen as an Aspen Institute Fellow. Over the past year, she has been featured on CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg TV and others for her solid fiscal leadership, and for North Carolina’s unique financial successes among the national picture. For more on Janet, go to

June 5

Our host will be exploring the topics, “The Geography of Fame and “Redefining Success.”

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Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a contributing op-ed writer at The New York Times and a data scientist at Google. He uses new, digital data sources to find previously hidden behaviors. He writes a monthly column in The Times’ Sunday Review section. He is working on a book on his research.

Follow Seth on Twitter @seththoughts

Amy_WrzesniewskiAmy Wrzesniewski is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Management, Yale University. She earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in psychology. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, and has won awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research on the meaning of work has been published in a wide range of top academic journals and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Time, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, and The Economist, as well as bestselling books such as Give and Take by Adam Grant, Drive by Daniel Pink, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.

She has engaged in research projects with IBM, Google, Sun Microsystems, The United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan Hospital System, Ness Technologies, and Burt’s Bees. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their tasks, interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change the meaning of the job. For more, see her website –

May 30

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Colleen-BrackenColleen Bracken is a fully credentialed executive coach, group facilitator & speaker with 20 years of experience in human performance development and communication. She began her coaching career as one of four who established the Coaching Team at the prestigious organizational training and development company, AchieveGlobal. Since then, Colleen has developed extensive knowledge of today’s most effective leadership, learning and communication approaches, with expertise in the areas of interpersonal dynamics, executive presence & presentation, and change leadership.

In a 1-1 coaching relationship, Colleen’s approach is behaviorally based and action-oriented. She brings an enjoyable and powerful process that quickly generates observable differences in a leader’s self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, ability to influence, and role effectiveness. Using a combination of innovative methods and tools, clients gain valuable insights and swiftly transform that knowledge into meaningful action and permanent positive impact for their organization. She has worked with prominent institutions such as GlaxoSmithKline, Comcast, AstraZeneca, Centocor OrhtoBiotech, ThomsonReuters, the federal EPA, Liberty Lutheran Services, the Johnson & Johnson Companies, the State of Pennsylvania, and many others. She is credentialed at the PCC level by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. For more information, visit her website.

Lynn_KrageLynn Krage is the Director of the Wharton Executive Coaching and Feedback Program, responsible for the development and implementation of this personalized one-on-one coaching platform designed to promote deeper self-awareness and improved leadership skills for all students. She is also the Senior Associate Director, accountable for the design and delivery of the MBA Learning Team Retreat and the Leadership Fellows program. Before coming to Wharton, Lynn was an Assistant Director at the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rennselaer (RPI), where she developed and taught required core courses in Professional Development and Managerial Leadership in addition to designing and implementing nationally-recognized leadership development programming for undergraduate and graduate students, providing training and development for faculty and staff, and consulting with outside colleges and universities to direct them in creating their own leadership programs.

Lynn’s interest in leadership and organizational development is an outgrowth of her graduate studies. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from New York University, where she taught undergraduate courses in Sociology, Sex and Gender, and the Family. She has also completed a Certificate in Human Resource Management at the Wharton School and has achieved Professional Human Resource Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. In her free time, Lynn enjoys running and has completed three marathons; however, most of the running she does now is after her 2 young sons, Lucian and Calder.

May 23

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WLP_BreenEdward Breen

111110-M-KS211-00Sgt. Dakota Meyer is the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first living United States Marine in 41 years to be so honored. Born and raised in Columbia, Sgt. Meyer enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 after graduating from Green County High School. He completed his basic training at Parris Island Recruit Training Depot later that year. A school-trained sniper and highly skilled Marine infantryman, Sgt. Meyer deployed twice to combat duty. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and in 2009-10, he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

In September 2011, President Obama awarded Sgt. Meyer the Medal of Honor — the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government — in recognition of his acts of extraordinary valor on Sept. 8, 2009. Over the course of a six-hour firefight, without regard for his own personal safety, Sgt. Meyer repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team. Wounded by shrapnel, Sgt. Meyer entered the kill zone four times to evacuate 13 Marines and soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers. On his fifth trip in, Sgt. Meyer recovered the bodies of three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in the battle: 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, Hospital Corpsman Third Class James R. Layton and Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Wayne Johnson Jr. Following the battle, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook later died of wounds he sustained. Sgt. Dakota Meyer completed his active duty in 2010 and now serves in the Individual Ready Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Since returning to civilian life, Sgt. Meyer continues to work to tell the stories of the Marines with whom he served.

WLP_Krol_(2)John A. (Jack) Krol has been Chairman of Delphi Automotive since 2009. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company. He currently serves on the Board of Tyco International Ltd and Delphi Automotive. He has served on numerous Corporate Boards, including Ace Ltd, Milliken Company, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, J.P. Morgan, MeadWestvaco, Norvax, and Advisory Boards of Bechtel and Teijin Ltd. He served as Lead Director at Tyco International and Chairman of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises. He was a member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council. He also is a former trustee of the University of Delaware, trustee emeritus of Tufts University and Chairman of the United Way of Delaware. Mr. Krol received a B.S. and M.S. degree in chemistry from Tufts University.

May 16

Our hosts cover the topic “Failing Well” with our two guests.

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portraits of Julian Sanchez and Megan McArdleMegan McArdle is a Washington DC based writer whose writing on economics and public policy has appeared in the Economist, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, the Guardian, and numerous other outlets. She lives in Washington, DC. For more information, see her website. Also follow Megan on Twitter @asymmetricinfo.

Ethan_Jones_Headshot_2014Ethan Jones is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Salem, Oregon, Ethan grew up playing soccer in the rain, and was fortunate enough to play for four years at Penn. He will be moving to Portland, Oregon this summer to continue to grow his company, The Elixr Group, in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, Asia and beyond with a focus on live music and adventure. For more information on his company, see his website. Follow Ethan on Twitter @ethanrjones.

May 8

Special Guests:

timmsHenry Timms is the Executive Director of 92nd Street Y, home to critically-acclaimed performing and visual arts programs, a renowned series of talks and readings, a huge range of family and wellness programming, professional development opportunities and much more. Under Henry’s leadership, 92Y is re-imagining the role of the traditional community center, using innovative programming and technology to create new kinds of community both locally and globally. Since his arrival at 92Y, Henry has rallied the resources of 92Y and joined forces with partners like the United Nations Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wesleyan University and Stanford University to create groundbreaking initiatives like the award-winning #GivingTuesday, the annual Social Good Summit and the NYC Fashion Fellows and Venture Fellows programs for rising entrepreneurs. Henry is a Practitioner in Residence at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). He is on the 2015 CECP Excellence Awards selection committee and serves as a U.S. Trustee and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA). He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K. See more about and


Professor Samir Nurmohamed’s is the Assistant Professor of Management at The Wharton School. Professor Nurmohamend’s research asks how the expectations of others impact employees at the workplace. In this vein, he conducts research in two major areas: employee motivation and behavioral ethics. His primary focus is on how being perceived underdog by others can impact motivation and performance in organizations.

May 1

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Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the year. Geoff’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named the best management book of the year by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.


Roger Crandall is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to being named Chairman, Mr. Crandall served as President and CEO effective January 1, 2010, and before that, served as President and Chief Operating officer.

Mr. Crandall first joined MassMutual in 1988, and spent the first 12 years of his career in the company’s Investment Management Department. In 2000, he joined Babson Capital Management LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary. In 2002, he was named Managing Director at Babson Capital and head of the company’s Corporate Bond Management, Public Bond Trading and Institutional Fixed Income units. Mr. Crandall was named President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2008, at which point he joined the Board of Directors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Life Insurers and the Wharton Board of Leadership Advisors. Mr. Crandall also serves on the CEO Roundtable, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and the Massachusetts Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. Mr. Crandall, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He earned his MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

APRIL 2014

The below special broadcast from the Lipman Award Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology aired on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.

TSTina Sciabica is the Executive Director of READGlobal, the 2013 Lipman Family Prize Award Winner. READ (Rural Education and Development) Global believes that empowering rural communities is critical to alleviating global poverty. READ partners with rural villages in Bhutan, India and Nepal to build Community Library and Resource Centers (READ Centers) that offer educational and economic opportunities and programs to villagers that lack the most basic resources. Each READ Center is paired with a for-profit enterprise that generates revenue to sustain the center in the long run. READ works with some of the most disadvantaged populations in the world, where literacy rates are less than 50% and more than half of families live below the poverty line.

Barry_Lipman2Barry Lipman, W’70, and his wife Marie, established the Lipman Family Prize, administered by Penn and the Wharton School, to advance positive social and economic change. Barry is a 1970 graduate of Wharton and co-founder of Goldfarb & Lipman, a leading California law firm. The Lipmans have been active in the social sector for more than 25 years and they presented Penn with a gift of $8 Million in 2011.

jamiequinnJamie Quinn graduated from Bowdoin College in 2006, then went to work for the consulting firm McKinsey & Co, first in Boston and Minneapolis. She then moved to Zimbabwe to work with Technoserve, an NGO. Most recently, Jamie worked with Open Capital Advisors, a small investment advisory firm in Nairobi. Jamie is a first-year MBA student at the Wharton School and is planning to return to McKinsey after graduation.

lawNick Law graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and then went to work for the Department of Defense. Nick is a first-year MBAstudent at the Wharton School and is a Lipman Fellow. He is also involved in the Outdoors Club, General Management Club and Marketing Club.

April 17

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Mr. John F. Regan. Jr., is currently a Battalion Chief with the Fire Department, City of New York serving the public for last 24 years. He has advanced through positions of increasing responsibility starting as a firefighter in October 1990 quickly rising to his current position as Executive Officer to the Chief of Operations. After September 11, 2001, he was assigned to the Training Academy where he played a key role in training the incoming probationary firefighters, estimated at over 2500, in less than two years. In 2008, John became the Executive Officer to the Chief of Operations, the position he currently holds, where he has been the subject matter expert (SME) for Fire Operations. As the SME for Fire Operations, John leads and contributes to the direction of several key projects including: the Performance Management System, development of a single sign-on system, monitoring and enforcement application.

John has also been essential in the development of a corporate training program called the FDNY Intensive. This program was developed in partnership with the Wharton Leadership Department and introduces students to the concepts of teamwork, communication, leadership and critical decision making under stress. John holds an MS from Queens College in Industrial/ Organizations Psychology. Learn more about the FDNY Foundation.


Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel (School Director) is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Since 1995, Quinn has been one of the leading artists with the company, co-creating nearly all of the company’s 25 original works of theatre and touring them to venues and festivals in Brazil, Germany, Scotland, England, Romania, Poland, Peru, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania and Ireland, among others. Additionally, Quinn and Pig Iron regularly present their work in New York City and have toured throughout the States including engagements in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Princeton, Providence, Cambridge, Atlanta, Tampa, Logan (Utah), among others.

He has directed, designed and performed with the company since its inception. Quinn received an Outstanding Direction Barrymore Award nomination for Welcome To Yuba City, which was nominated for 6 Barrymores including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Overall Production. Quinn received an Outstanding Choreography Barrymore for his collaborative work on Cafeteria and also won for Outstanding Ensemble for Mission To Mercury. Pig Iron has been named Theatre Company of the Year by the Philadelphia Weekly, City Paper and Philadelphia Magazine. Read more about the work of the Pig Iron Theatre Company in this European Business Review article.

April 10

Special Guests:

desaiwebEkta Desai is a 2nd year MBA student and Leadership Fellow. Ekta is also the recipient of the 2013-2014 Daryl Behrman Fellowship recognizing exemplary contributions by a Leadership Fellow.

lehmanwebScott Lehman is a 2nd year MBA student and Venture Fellow. Scott is also the recipient of the 2013-2014 Behrman Family Fellowship recognizing exemplary contributions by a Venture Fellow. Scott grew up in NC and joined the Marine Corps after high school where he served four years in a Marine Corps Special Operations Recon Unit. Scott was deployed twice and worked in Iraq in 2003. After 4 years in the Marine Corps, he attended the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, Scott worked in investment banking in Chicago. Currently at Wharton, Scott is involved in the Venture Fellows, Student Life Fellow, Veterans Club, Rugby Club and a startup project,, that he co-founded with his best friend. After graduation, Scott will join Credit Suisse in Chicago in their investment banking division.


Larry Zicklin is a Clinical Professor of Business Ethics at the Stern School at NYU where he teaches in both the MBA and Trium programs. He is also a senior lecturer in Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business and an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College. Larry spent 24 years as Managing Partner at Neuberger Berman before he retired in 1999 and became Chairman of the Board until 2003. He rejoined the Neuberger Board in 2009, and is now chairing the audit committee.

Outside his academic life, Larry Zicklin is a past President and former Chairman of UJA/Federation of New York and is the current Chairman of the Baruch College Fund. He is currently a director at BZL Biologics (a research company studying antibody based therapeutics), Chairman of the Rand Center for Corporate Ethics, Law and Governance and a Board Member of the Center for Political Accountability.

* In anticipation of this hour with Larry Zicklin, listeners are encourage to read the following short case study, Old City Enterprises. Larry and host Mike Useem will be working the case live on the air.

April 3

Special Guests:

ThiagarajanKrishna Thiagaragan is the Executive Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He joined Symphony in C as President in 2010 and quickly set new standards in the areas of artistic planning and collaboration as well as community engagement. Working with Maestro Rossen Milanov and Symphony in C’s Board of Directors, Dr. Thiagarajan oversaw the creation of a new strategic plan and an expansion of performances in New Jersey and Philadelphia. New collaborations with artists from the Curtis Institute of Music, Academy of Vocal Arts and the Mendelssohn Club Choir as well as a focus on area premieres brought new audiences to the Symphony and expanded the orchestra’s repertoire. Dr. Thiagarajan received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Indiana University. He received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Maryland, where he trained and supervised assistant piano instructors and developed and implemented the curriculum. In 1997, he founded and directed Kammermusik Kurs in Dortmund, Germany, a chamber music festival with internationally acclaimed faculty and students.

FletcherAlan Fletcher is one of the country’s most accomplished music administrators and respected composers. He earned his baccalaureate at Princeton University (1978) and his master’s degree (1979) and doctorate (1983) at Juilliard. In 1985, Alan was appointed to the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, teaching composition and theory and serving successively during his 16-year tenure at the school as Dean, Provost and Senior Vice President. From 2006 to 2011, he was Professor of Music and Head of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, after which he assumed his current position as President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has lectured nationally and internationally on music and music administration, served on many boards, panels, juries, seminars and committees, and contributed articles and op-ed pieces to Symphony magazine, Gramophone magazine, Wall Street Journal, Sonus: Journal of Global Music, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others.

MARCH 2014

March 27

Special Guests:

agorskyMr. Alex Gorsky is the CEO and Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to this he was Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management and, in 2001, was appointed President of Janssen. In 2003, he was promoted to Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Alex left Johnson & Johnson in 2004 to serve as the chief operating officer for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. In 2005, he was named head of Pharma North America and Chief Executive Officer for Novartis. Alex earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. is a member of the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board.

Frances_HesselbeinMs. Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Clinton in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

jaramilloMr. Gabriel Jaramillo has 33 years of experience in the financial sector, particularly in Latin America. Mr. Jaramillo joined Grupo Santander in 1996 as a Managing Director. From 1997 to 1999, he served as President of Banco Santander Colombia. From September to March 2008, he was president of Banco Santander (Brazil). He serves as a member of the Board of Director of Banco Santander (Brazil). Through various acquisitions and organic growth built a franchise where Santander became the second largest private financial intuition in Brazil. In 2008, he became an advisor to the Chairman of Grupo Santander. In 2012, he accepted a 12-month appointment as General Manager of the Global Fund. During his time at the Global Fund, he made significant changes to strengthen grant management, improve efficiency and tighten financial supervision. Mr. Jaramillo serves as an advisor to Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria Board.

March 20 Mike Useem and Anne Greenhalgh talked about “Leadership: Giving and Taking”

Special Guests:

July 31, 2012Wharton School of Business, U. PennPhiladelphia, PaAdam M. Grant, PhD, an associate professor of management, seen at Wharton this morning.Michael Kamber/BloombergAdam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and single highest-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers. Adam is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that is being translated into two dozen languages and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, Fortune’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read.

andersonDana Anderson is Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy and Communications, Mondelēz International. She oversees the company’s global portfolio of advertising, media and marketing partners who are charged with creating world-class communication for the fast-growing packaged goods categories of gum, candy, chocolate and biscuits. Its portfolio includes BelVita, Cadbury, Jacobs, Oreo and Trident. Dana is a 25-year advertising veteran and joined Kraft Foods from DDB Chicago where she was President and CEO of DDB’s largest and most-awarded agency. She started her career at Young & Rubicam where she worked for nine years.

Sam_Rappaport.HeadshotHailing from Montreal, Canada, Sam Rappapot is a Junior in the Wharton School studying Finance and Management, with a Minor in Math in the College. He is the Head Teaching Assistant for MGMT 100, Wharton’s intro course on leadership and communication in groups. He is also the president of Penn’s Parliamentary Debate Team, and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. He is hoping to pursue a career in the financial services industry, and will be working in Blackstone’s Restructuring Group as a Summer Analyst in June.

fvelardeFrederico Velarde is an Undergraduate Senior at the Wharton School. He spent his early years in Mexico and grew up in San Diego, California. He is concentrating Management and Marketing and has served as a Management 100 Team Advisor for the Leadership Program for three years. Federico plans to join Teach for America in the Oakland region after he graduates in May 2014.

March 14: Mike Useem talked to guests about “Boards that Lead”

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denniscareyDennis Carey is Vice Chairman of Korn Ferry and co-author along with Mike Useem and Ram Charan of Boards that Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way. He has placed some of the most prominent chief executives and corporate directions in the United States, including those at 3M, American Express, Goldman Sachs, GSK, Humana, MCI, and Tyco. Boards That Lead is his fourth book on CEO succession and corporate governance.

RamcharanRam Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. He is the co-author along with Mike Useem and Ram Charan of Boards that Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem.

PottruckDavid S. Pottruck is Chairman of Red Eagle Ventures, Inc., his investment firm focused on privately held companies and Chairman of HighTower Advisors, a rapidly growing $25 billion Wealth Management firm, he and several other investors helped launch in 2008. Mr. Pottruck serves on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation and several early stage companies. He is a Senior Fellow, adjunct faculty member in the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, and serves on the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board.

March 6: Our host, Dr. Anne M. Greenhalgh discussed Leadership – It’s in the palm of your hand.

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Jennifer J. Deal, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL©) in San Diego, California, and an Affiliated Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on global leadership and generational differences. In 2002 Jennifer Deal co-authored Success for the New Global Manager (Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers), and has published articles on generational issues, the strategic use of information in negotiation, executive selection, cultural adaptability, global management, and women in management. Her second book Retiring the Generation Gap (Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers) was published in 2007.

Daniel Gulati, an author at Harvard Business Review. Daniel’s book, Passion Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders” was selected to the JP Morgran 13th Annual Summer Reading LIst as a top 10 non-fiction work of 2012. Prior to this, Daniel was the Founding CEO of FashionStake, a fashion e-commerce company acquired by in 2012.


February 27: Our host, Mike Useem discussed Leadership – From Clinique to the Summit of Everest

Special Guests:

lauderWilliam P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, Estée Lauder Companies. William is also an instructor of a 2nd year Wharton MBA course entitled, “Decision Making in the Leadership Chair.”

jordanRodrigo Jordán, founder and Chair of Vertical Insitituto. Rodrigo is an Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the School of Business Administration at the Catholic University of Chile. He is also the leader of many successful mountaineering expeditions to K2, Mt. Everest, and Antarctica; the chairman of the Chilean National Foundation for Overcoming Poverty.

February 20: Our leadership hosts talked to guests about “Exercising Leadership with Strength.”

Special Guests:

Jeanne Stanley, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Watershed Counseling and Consultation Services, a national trainer and consultant, as well as a licensed psychologist in private practice.

Marcus_BuckinghamMarcus Buckingham, a British-American New York Times bestselling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant best known for promoting what he calls “Strengths.” Beginning with First, Break All The Rules, his books have sold more than four million copies, and he has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, and Fast Company.

February 6: Mike Useem discussed “What it Takes to Lead — From Micro-Finance to Mega Enterprise.”

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Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking. WWB is a nonprofit organization providing low-income women worldwide with more access to financial resources, including micro-finance. Mary Ellen was formerly with the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector division of The World Bank.

BryantAdam Bryant, Editor and Columnist for the New York Times. Adam is the author of Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation and The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons for CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed.


Thursday, January 30: Dr. Anne M. Greenhalgh discussed “Perceptions of Leadership”

Special Guests:

PlatonwebsiteAward-winning photographer and recent Leadership Conference speaker, Platon

jillchernekoffJill Chernekoff, CEO and Founder of Chernekoff Communications

Thursday, January 23: Jeff Klein talked about “How Do we Develop Leaders and Leadership?

Special Guests:

McGrathmonicaMonica McGrath, Vice Dean of Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education

Thursday, January 16: Mike Useem asked “Are Leaders Born or Made? What is Leadership?”

Special Guests:

fishmanjayJay Fishman, W’74 WG’74 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
The Travelers Companies (1st Hour)

koenigpeggy(1)Peggy Koenig, WG’86, Managing Partner and co-Chief Executive Officer of Abry, Inc and Wharton Leadership Advisory Board Member (2nd Hour)