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Mike Abramowitz is the director of the Committee on Conscience, the genocide-prevention program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which seeks to raise awareness among the public and policymakers about the challenges of preventing genocide today. Among its activities, the museum is co-sponsor of the new Working Group on the Responsibility to Protect, which is identifying ways to strengthen the international framework for atrocity prevention. Before joining the museum in 2009, Abramowitz was a longtime reporter and editor for The Washington Post, serving in a number of positions, including White House correspondent and national editor.
Dr. Donald I. Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients and has completed research in complementary and alternative therapies including mind-body treatments, botanical therapies, medical use of marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine herbal therapies.
In addition to his role at the Osher center, he is chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. Abrams, who has been in the forefront of HIV/AIDS research and treatment, stepped down from the HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital in August 2006 to devote more time to integrative medicine and oncology. He is an executive committee member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and is co-chair of of the center's program in Symptom Management, Palliative Care and Survivorship. In 2004, he completed an associate fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.
Joel Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990. He started the newsroom’s first online column in 1999 and the paper’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005. Now assigned to the Post’s national desk, he writes on science and politics and helped cover the Deepwater Horizon story. His seventh book, A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea, an account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath, was published in 2011. Achenbach has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine since 1998, writing stories on such topics as dinosaurs, particle physics, earthquakes, extraterrestrial life, megafauna extinction, and the electrical grid. His syndicated column Why Things Are, which he began when he worked at The Miami Herald, ran from 1988 to 1996 and appeared in 50 newspapers. Ballantine Books published three collections of the column. He has taught journalism at Princeton University and Georgetown University.
Dr. David B. Agus
David Agus is one of the world’s top cancer doctors and a pioneer in new technologies for personalized health care. A professor at USC, with appointments in both the Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering, he also heads the university’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He has cofounded several businesses, including the genetic testing company Navigenics and Oncology.com. He is also a cofounder of Applied Proteomics, which aims to tap the tremendous wealth of information contained in the body’s proteome—the complete set of all proteins circulating in the bloodstream—for earlier diagnosis of disease. Agus is a CBS News contributor and author of the number one New York Times best seller The End of Illness. His new book, A Short Guide to a Long Life, will be published in January 2014.
Laura Alonso is a national representative in Argentina’s Congress, having been elected by the City of Buenos Aires in 2009. She is a member of the Constitutional Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committees. She is also a member of the global women leaders network of Vital Voices Global Partnership and a member’ of La Pietra Coalition, which has launched the global campaign “The Third Billion” to promote women’s inclusiveness in the economy. In 2012, Alonso was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and as a fellow at the Draper Hills Program on Democracy and Development, a summer program at Stanford University. In 2008, she became an Eisenhower Fellow and was honored by Vital Voices as an outstanding woman global leader. Before politics, Alonso was a prominent activist and served as executive director of Poder Ciudadano, the Argentine chapter of Transparency International.
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes "¡Ask a Mexican!," a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic." Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.
Don Baer is worldwide vice chairman and chief strategy officer of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller, chairman of research firm Penn Schoen Berland, and founder and chairman of Palisades Media Ventures, a public affairs and news media development company. The firms are part of WPP, Inc. Baer has also been a top executive at global media company Discovery Communications, the White House communications director and chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, a journalist at US News & World Report, and a practicing lawyer. He is on the boards of PBS, the Urban Institute, and the News Literacy Project.
Molly Ball is a staff writer covering U.S. politics at The Atlantic.
Keith Banks is president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, which provides integrated investment, trust, banking, and lending services to wealthy and ultra-wealthy clients. He also oversees BofA Global Capital Management, which offers money market funds, offshore funds, customized separate accounts, and subadvisory services to institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Banks previously served as president of Bank of America’s Global Private Client, Institutional and Investment Management business. During his career at Bank of America, he was also president of Global Wealth and Investment Management and president and chief investment officer of Columbia Management. He joined Bank of America in 2004, following its merger with FleetBoston Financial. Previously, Banks served as chief executive officer and chief investment officer of FleetBoston Financial’s asset management organization. Prior to joining Fleet, Banks was a managing director and head of US equity for JP Morgan Investment Management for four years.
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 anchors Sunday Morning Futures, the most watched Sunday morning program on cable (10 AM/ET) 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.
James Bennet is the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.
Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. In October 2011, The Atlantic published Branch’s capsule history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): “The Shame of College Sports.” When that essay sparked national debate, Byliner.com released an expanded e-book version called The Cartel, which is available online or by print-on-demand. Branch’s 2009 memoir, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, tells of his unprecedented eight-year project to gather a sitting president’s comprehensive oral history on tape.
Christine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN, and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally known speaker. Twice named one of the country’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, she has covered 14 consecutive Olympic Games, summer and winter. Brennan was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at The Washington Post in 1985. She was the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and started an internship-scholarship program that now honors six female students annually. Brennan is the author of seven books, including her sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, and national best-seller Inside Edge, which was named one of the top 100 sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated.
Eli Broad is founder of the Broad Foundations and a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies, SunAmerica and KB Home, from the ground up. Today, he and his wife, Edythe, are devoted to philanthropy through foundations, which they established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts. The primary work of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is to dramatically improve urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations, and competition. In an unprecedented partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the Whitehead Institute, the Broads created The Eli and Edythe Broad Institute for biomedical research. Its aim is to realize the promise of the human genome to revolutionize clinical medicine and to make knowledge freely available to scientists worldwide. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation have assets of $2.4 billion.
Beth A. Brooke is global vice chair for public policy at Ernst & Young and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board, with public policy responsibility
for the firm’s operations in 140 countries as well as for its diversity and inclusiveness efforts. Brooke has been named five times to the list of Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. During the Clinton administration, she served with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund efforts. A member of the International Women’s Forum, Brooke has been actively engaged in numerous international advocacy, civic and business organizations.
David Brooks's column on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster.
Jim Brown is the founder of Amer-I-Can and a former professional football player. He is best known for his record-setting nine-year career as a running back in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. In 2002, Sporting News named him the greatest professional football player ever, and he is widely considered to be one of the most exceptional professional athletes the US has ever produced.In 1988, Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Program, a life management skills organization. The program helps individuals meet their academic potential, to conform their behavior to acceptable society standards, and to improve the quality of their lives by equipping them with the critical life management skills to confidently and successfully contribute to society.
Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global design- and innovation-consulting firm. Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO has contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America’s “Keep the Change” service. IDEO’s work addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world’s lower income groups. Brown advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and serves on the board of trustees for the California College of the Arts, the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council, and the advisory council of Acumen Fund. An industrial designer by training, his own work has earned him numerous design awards and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London.
Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns
Nicholas Burns is director of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Strategy Group. He is also professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and faculty chair for programs on the Middle East, India, and South Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School. Burns is a senior counselor at The Cohen Group. Previously, he was undersecretary of state for political affairs, the State Department’s third-ranking official; US ambassador to NATO from 2001 to 2005 and to Greece from 1997 to 2001; and State Department spokesman from 1995 to 1997. He worked on the National Security Council as senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia affairs under President Bill Clinton and, before that, director for Soviet affairs for President George H.W. Bush.
Allison Carruth is an assistant professor of English at UCLA, starting this fall, and has served most recently as the associate director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research examines the intersections of contemporary literature, food politics, and life science. She is co-organizer of the Food Justice Conference and book review editor for Gastronomica. Her first book, Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She is working on a new book project entitled The Transgenic Age.
Stephen L. Carter
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. A prolific writer who has published seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, during the past nine years, he has helped shape the national debate on issues ranging from the role of religion in our politics and culture to the role of integrity and civility in our daily lives. His novel The Emperor of Ocean Park spent eleven weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. His fifth novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, will be published this summer. He writes a regular column for Bloomberg and contributes frequently to Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Carter is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator and Harvard College administrator. Her professional life is rooted at the intersection of schools, families, and communities, where for many years she has worked as a teacher, preschool director, public health advocate, and educational consultant. A passionate supporter of progressive education, she has served on the boards of several K-12 schools and community-based organizations. She writes a weekly column for TIME.com, and her work on the developmental needs of children and young people and diverse other topics has been featured on ABC’s “Nightline,” CNN.com, Huffington Post, and in the Financial Times and Boston Globe.
Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an international best-seller and has been translated into 30 languages. In 2011, Chua was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, and she received the Yale Law School’s best teaching award. Chua joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001. Prior to entering academics in 1994, she practiced law with the Wall Street firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times best-seller and was selected by both The Economist and the UK’s Guardian as a best book of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs best-seller.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Lawrence J. Cohen is a psychologist and author of Playful Parenting, an award-winning book about nurturing close connections, solving behavior problems, and encouraging children’s confidence. Cohen also co-authored The Art of Roughhousing; Mom, They’re Teasing Me; and Best Friends, Worst Enemies. He consults with families, schools, after-school programs, and corporations. Cohen is on the advisory board of the Blue School and a member of the Playskool Play Panel. He is currently writing a book for Random House about the playful parenting approach to helping children with anxiety, worries, and fears.
Dr. Anthony Coles
Dr. Coles joined Onyx in March 2008 as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of its board of directors. Prior to joining Onyx, he was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the board of directors of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Before joining NPS Pharmaceuticals in 2005, Dr. Coles was Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, which he joined in 2002. Beginning in 1996, he held a number of executive positions while at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, including Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy; Senior Vice President of Marketing and Medical Affairs, Neuroscience/Infectious Diseases/Dermatology; Vice President, Western Area Sales Cardiovascular and Metabolic Business Unit for U.S. Primary Care; and Vice President, Cardiovascular Global Marketing. From 1992 until 1996, Dr. Coles also held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc., including Vice President of the Hypertension and Heart Failure Business Group.
Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell. He was elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell’s board in February 2002 and named chairman of the board shortly thereafter. Under Cote’s leadership over the past decade, Honeywell has delivered strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment profit, and cash flow. In 2010, Cote was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Cote was named co-chair of the US–India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009,and has served on the Forum since 2005. Cote has received several awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in 2011, the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in 2007, and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development (CED) in 2001.
Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is the Global Anchor for Yahoo News, award winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate and New York Times best-selling author. In November 2013, Couric joined Yahoo as Global Anchor, where she helps develop Yahoo News’ coverage, report on live events, and anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers. Couric is an executive producer and narrator of Fed Up, a documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity, which will be released in spring 2014. In September 2006, Couric joined CBSNews and became the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show. Couric is a cofounder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), cofounder of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff, and co-founder of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. Born in Arlington, Virginia, Katie graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on American Studies. She lives in New York with her husband, John Molner.
Dr. Tyler Cowen
Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications including the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. The Economist magazine recently named him one of the most influential economists over the last decade, and in 2011, Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him “America’s hottest economist.” Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its 100 Global Thinkers. The Wall Street Journal called Cowen’s Marginal Revolution the best economics blog in the world.
Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist and editorial-board member at Bloomberg View. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Washington columnist and associate editor of the Financial Times. Before moving to live and work in the US, he worked for more than 20 years at The Economist, as economics correspondent, Washington correspondent, economics editor, and deputy editor. In that last role he guided the magazine’s editorial line across its interests in business, politics and international relations.
Richard M. Daley is a former mayor of Chicago. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley.In 1997, Daley was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine; a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine; and Politician of the Year by Library Journal. In 1995, Daley assumed control of Chicago’s public schools system from the elected school board. School standards are said to have risen under the reforms instituted by Daley and education has also been expanded for early years pupils. In 1996, he headed the US Conference of Mayors. Prior to serving as mayor, Daley served in the Illinois Senate (D) and then as the Cook County state’'s attorney.
Mitch Daniels is the 49th governor of the state of Indiana (R) and the author of the current best-selling book, Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans. As governor, he led Indiana to its first balanced budget in eight years and transformed a $700 million deficit into an annual surplus of $370 million. He also presided over record-breaking investment and job growth and earned Indiana, which now ranks near the top of every national ranking of business attractiveness, its first ever AAA credit rating. Daniels’s other accomplishments include the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, the largest privatization of public infrastructure in the United States to date; the creation of the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide health care coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults; a sweeping property tax reform in 2008 that resulted in the biggest tax cut in Indiana history; and the most expansive education reforms in the country in 2011.
Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center. Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as a member of the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. His most recent book, Getting It Done, is a close-up look at the 2009 passage of health care reform legislation.
Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha Desai is president and CEO of Asia Society, a leading global organization committed to strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the US. Desai sets the direction for the society’s diverse sets of programs, ranging from major US–Asia policy initiatives and national educational partnerships for global learning to groundbreaking art exhibitions and innovative Asian American performances. She has an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art in the US through critically acclaimed exhibitions and scholarly catalogues. Under her leadership, Asia Society has expanded the scope and scale of its activities, including opening new offices in India and Korea, the inauguration of a new center on US-China relations, and the development of new initiatives focusing on the environment, on Asian women leaders, and on partnerships among the next generation of exceptional leaders in Asia and the US.
E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a National Book Award nominee; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era; Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge; and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Thomas Donaldson is the Mark O. Winkelman Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as director of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. He has written broadly in the area of business ethics, values, and corporate governance. He was chairman of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management (2007–2008). Donaldson has consulted and lectured at many organizations, including the Business Roundtable, Goldman Sachs, Walt Disney, the United Nations, Microsoft, The Tata Group, JP Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, BP, IBM, the AMA, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.
John Donvan is the moderator for "Intelligence Squared U.S." He is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has hosted "Nightline," "World News," "Good Morning America," and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” in addition to producing “My Generation” for PBS. He has also served as ABC’s Chief White House correspondent and held postings in London, Jerusalem, Moscow and Amman. Recognized by the National Magazine Awards for his 2011 Atlantic profile piece “Autism’s First Child,” he is currently writing a book on the history of autism to be published by Crown in 2013.
Michael Eisner is founder of The Tornante Company, a privately held company that makes investments in and incubates companies and opportunities in the media and entertainment space. Through Tornante, Eisner founded Vuguru, an independent studio that develops and finances scripted, story-driven content for digital and international platforms and acquired The Topps Company, Inc., the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry for several decades. In 1984, Eisner assumed the position of chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, transforming it from a film and theme park company with $1.8 billion in enterprise value into a global media empire valued at $80 billion. He began his career at ABC, taking the network from No. 3 to No. 1. In 1976, he became president of Paramount Pictures, leading the studio to become No. 1 at the box office and in profitability. Eisner is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Rehema Ellis is an education correspondent for NBC News and was an integral part of NBC’s first annual Education Nation Summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of America’s education system. She joined NBC in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent, and her reports appear on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and MSNBC. Ellis was part of the NBC Emmy award-winning coverage of the plane crash in the Hudson River called “Miracle on the Hudson.” She also won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration. Ellis has been part of other headliner stories, including the attacks on the World Trade Center. She has distinguished herself as a lead correspondent and received numerous awards, including local and national Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press awards, and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.
Oskar Eustis is artistic director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. He has directed the world premieres of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and Compulsion; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches (for which he received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); and Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika, as well as world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, and others. Eustis was a professor at Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. He has held professorships at Brown, UCLA, and New York University. He currently serves as professor of dramatic writing and arts and public policy at NYU. Eustis was the lead producer on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and The Merchant of Venice on Broadway.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
Tom Farrey is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ESPN and the author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. He was honored in 2007 as one the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island. Farrey is also director of the Aspen Institute’s new Sports and Society program, a vehicle for convening leaders and fostering dialogue around topics of critical importance. The program helps inspire solutions to major issues so that sport can serve the public interest, starting with the health needs of children and communities.
Richard W. Fisher is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, a post he’s held since 2005, and chairman of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. Fisher has served on numerous corporate and charitable boards, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an overseer of Harvard University, and an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford University. He received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. Fisher is also a member of the Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Fisher is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU.
Russ Ford is the executive vice president Onshore for Shell Upstream Americas. He has responsibility for all onshore development and production of natural gas in North America. This includes subsurface engineering, drilling and completion operations, and producing operations. The Onshore business is mainly centered in the lower 48 states and western Canada. Ford assumed his present position in July 2009 after having been responsible for all onshore and offshore development in the western hemisphere since August 2005. He started with Shell in New Orleans as a production engineer in onshore operations in 1981. Since then he has served in a variety of technical, research, operations and commercial assignments in Texas, New Orleans, California and the Netherlands.
Jon Frankel is a TV correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and CNBC’s On The Money. As a member of the HBO team, Frankel received an Emmy nomination for his report “Big Coal,” which looked at the federal government’s roll back of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review and the effects of air pollution on young athletes. He is also the producer, director, and videographer of the documentary Hellfighters: A Season in Harlem, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Previously, Frankel spent ten years reporting for CBS, ABC, and NBC as a general assignment and national news correspondent.
Chrystia Freeland is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre. After starting as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, she went on to do many jobs at FT, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, editor of FT.com, and US managing editor. From 1999 to 2001, she was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. In 2010, Freeland joined as editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters, where she most recently worked as managing director and editor of consumer news. She is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012), a New York Times bestseller which won the National Business Book Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2013. She is a co-chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council and the Party’s critic for International Trade.
Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which appears twice a week, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflict, international economics, the environment, biodiversity, and energy. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six best-selling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem; The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11; The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century; and Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America. His most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, is co-written with Michael Mandelbaum.
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI) helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the best selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood and the highly acclaimed Workflex: The Essential Guide to Effective and Flexible Workplaces.
Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, Gardner is a leading thinker about education and human development. He has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics. Gardner’s recent books include Good Work, Changing Minds, The Development and Education of the Mind, and Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons. His latest book, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed, was published last year.
Dr. Daniel Garza
Daniel Garza is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and emergency medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He serves as the associate director of the Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center and is a team physician for many intercollegiate sports at Stanford. Garza is also the medical director and head team physician for the San Francisco 49ers. His research interests include traumatic brain injury, athletic trauma, heat illness, and infectious diseases in athletes. Garza’s lab specializes in real-time biomechanical and physiological monitoring of athletes.
David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and contributes to Parade Magazine. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power. In the 1980s, he also served as chief editor of US News & World Report. He serves on many boards, including Teach for America, City Year, the Schwab Foundation, and the Aspen Institute, and is chair of the advisory board for Elon University School of Law. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, a veteran of the US Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the US executive committee for the Trilateral Commission.
Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for its Policy Programs, its Public Programs and its relations with international partners.
Miles Gilburne is chairman and CEO of ePals, a K-12 education company connecting approximately 800,000 classrooms in 200 countries into a global community of online learners. Gilburne has been active for more than 25 years as a venture capitalist focused on the media, communications and technology industries. During the growth period of AOL, he ran Strategy and Corporate Development, was elected to the board of directors of AOL in 1999, and continued to serve on the board of directors of Time Warner until stepping down in 2006. Gilburne currently serves as chairman of the board of BrainScope, a medical device company focused on diagnosing concussion in sports and the military, and sits on the boards of various other companies focused on technology and media markets.
Deborah Goldberg is a Managing Attorney at Earthjustice, the world's first and largest nonprofit environmental law firm, where she focuses on legal advocacy and litigation related to global warming and environmental health. Originally established as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice provides legal representation--at no cost--to more than 1,000 clients, ranging from large national groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Audubon Society, to smaller community coalitions, such as Friends of the Everglades. Before joining Earthjustice, Goldberg was the Democracy Program Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.
Hala Gorani is an anchor on “International Desk” and correspondent for CNN International. In addition to her anchoring duties, Gorani often goes into the field to report on major breaking news stories. She was part of a small team of journalists allowed into Syria last summer for the first time since the protests began. She reported extensively from Jordan and Egypt and has been instrumental in CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. Her work in Egypt helped CNN win a Peabody Award recognizing the network’s coverage of the revolts in the Arab world. In 2010, Gorani covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which CNN’s coverage was recognized with a Golden Nymph Award, one of the highest honors in international journalism. Gorani formerly hosted “Inside the Middle East,” a monthly show featuring stories on the most important social, political, and cultural issues in the region. @halagorani
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at modern love, marriage, and what really matters for romantic happiness. A New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the book was an international best-seller and has been translated into 14 languages. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Gottlieb has also written for such publications as The New York Times, TIME, People, Elle, and Slate. Gottlieb has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show,” CNN, “Dr. Phil,” “Entertainment Tonight,” Oprah Radio, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” She is a parenting expert for Lifetime Moms and contributes to NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “This American Life.” Her Atlantic cover story, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” was the most widely recommended piece in the history of the magazine.
Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discoveries of mirror symmetry and topology change. Professor Greene is co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, and with producer Tracy Day, he is co-founder of the World Science Festival.
Alan Greenspan is president of Greenspan Associates, LLC and was the 13th chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, a position he held for more than 18 years. From 1974 to 1977, Greenspan was chairman of President Gerald Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers; and from 1981 to 1983, he served as chairman of the National Commission on Social Security Reform. Before his appointment to the Fed in 1987, Greenspan served as a director of J.P. Morgan, Mobil, Alcoa, General Foods, and Capital Cities/ABC. He has received the Legion of Honor from France, became an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire, and received the Medal of Freedom, the highest civil award in the US. He is the author of The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World.
Richard N. Haass
Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as US coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. He was also special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council from 1989 to 1993. Haass is the author or editor of eleven books on American foreign policy, including War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars and one book on management. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
R. Glenn Hubbard
Glenn Hubbard is dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Hubbard is the author of two leading textbooks on economics and co-author of Seeds of Destruction; The Mutual Fund Industry; The Aid Trap; and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. From 2001 to 2003, he was chairman of the US Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. He currently co-chairs the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
Katherine Hudson is the Watershed Program Director at Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. It is led by President Paul Gallay and its Chief Prosecuting Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Hudson joined Riverkeeper after nearly 25 years spent in government protecting the environment of New York State. Hudson has been Assistant Attorney General in the office's Environmental Protection Bureau, and has served in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, working in all program areas, including air quality, water quality, solid and hazardous waste and mining.
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen 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.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Lisa P. Jackson is adminstrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she leads a staff of more than 18,000. She started with the EPA as a staff-level scientist in 1987. In 2002, Jackson joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and was appointed commissioner of the agency in 2006. In response to the economic downturn, she has guided the EPA in investing billions of Recovery Act dollars in cleaner communities, innovative technologies, and green jobs. As the first African-American to serve as EPA administrator, Jackson has made it a priority to expand outreach to communities that are historically underrepresented in environmental action. Jackson was named one of Newsweek’s Most Important People in 2010. In 2010 and 2011, she was on the TIME 100 list of most influential people. Essence magazine listed her in 2010 as one of 40 women who have influenced the world.
Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, an award-winning social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. She serves on the boards of OneLeap and TechSoup Global and as an advisor to mobile shopping app RevelTouch.
Prior to Samasource, Janah was a a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let’s Go in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.
Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and technology, and her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, and The New Scientist.
She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.
Prof. Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com (a much cited website on the global economy), a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, and a member of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the private sector systemic risk council founded and chaired by Sheila Bair in 2012.
Gregory Kallenberg is the director and a producer of the Rational Middle Energy Series, a series of short films exploring energy topics. Before Rational Middle, Kallenberg directed and produced Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future, a documentary chronicling a large natural gas discovery in northwest Louisiana and its effect on three individual’s lives. Kallenberg has also spoken about the future of energy at engagements across the globe including TEDx, Bucknell University’s Environmental Symposium on Shale Gas and Rice University’s “Distinguished Speaker’s Series.” Kallenberg’s background includes writing and story editing for the award-winning production house Bluefield Productions. He has also written for Esquire Magazine, The New York Times, and the Austin American-Statesman, among other publications.
Alexis Karolides is a principal at Rocky Mountain Institute. Throughout her 14 years at RMI, her work has spanned built environment, city sustainability, and both high-tech and heavy industrial consulting projects. Her clients have included the US Air Force, the grocery industry, EDS (now HP), Rio Tinto, and the cities of Atlanta, Madison, and Las Vegas. She has served on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Environmental Health. Focused on healthy design, resource efficiency, and environmental sensitivity, Karolides has led RMI’s biologically inspired design research and co-developed, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype biomimicry solutions database and portal. Karolides is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a sought-after commentator for national media on RMI’s vision for an oil- and coal-free future and on the strategies to get there, including resource-efficient and sustainable design for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than four decades. His book, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has lectured on American history in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Scandinavia, Canada, Britain, Australia, and Ireland. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal, its highest honor.
Joe Klein is a columnist and senior writer at TIME. He joined the magazine in 2003 to write a regular column, In the Arena, on national and international affairs. He is the author of The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency and several other nonfiction books. As “Anonymous,” Klein wrote the critically acclaimed novel Primary Colors, a best-seller inspired by the 1992 political race. Klein is an occasional contributor to The New Yorker, where he formerly served as Washington correspondent. He has written articles and book reviews for The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, LIFE, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former Guggenheim fellow.
President & CEO, Sesame Workshop
Gary E. Knell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop. Knell leads the non-profit educational organization in its mission to create innovative, engaging content that maximizes the educational power of all media to help children reach their highest potential. In his role, Knell has been instrumental in focusing the organization on Sesame Street's global mission, including groundbreaking co-productions in South Africa, Russia, China and Egypt. He leads over 300 dedicated producers, researchers and other talented professionals in a variety of media applications, including television, print, online and radio.
Dr. Alan Krueger
Dr. Alan B. Krueger is the chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the Cabinet. Previously, Dr. Krueger served in the Obama Administration as assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
He is currently on leave from Princeton University, where he is the Bendheim professor of Economics and Public Affairs. In 1994-95, Dr. Krueger served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.
He has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the editorial board of Science, and has served as chief economist for the Council for Economic Education.
Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Krueger was a member of the Board of Directors of the MacArthur Foundation and the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education at Charles University in the Czech Republic, and a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization. Dr. Krueger received a B.S. degree, with honors, from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in 1983, an A.M. in Economics from Harvard University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.
Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in US history. From 1995 to 2005, Kwan dominated the sport winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall US National Championships and two Olympic medals. In the nearly 100-year history of US figure skating, no American man or woman has won more world titles, national titles, or Olympic medals. Kwan's activities off the ice are equally noteworthy. In 2006, Condoleezza Rice appointed Kwan as the first US Public Diplomacy Envoy. In this capacity, Kwan travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. In 2010, President Obama appointed Kwan to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and she was elected to the board of directors of Special Olympics International.
Ray LaHood became the 16th US secretary of transportation in January 2009. As secretary, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation missions. Before his appointment, LaHood served for 14 years in the US House of Representatives from the 18th Congressional District of Illinois (R). During that time, he served first on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and after that on the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to his election to the House, he served as chief of staff to then US congressman Robert Michel, whom he succeeded in representing the 18th district, and as district administrative assistant to congressman Thomas Railsback. He also served in the Illinois state legislature. Before his career in government, LaHood was a junior high school teacher.
Rocco Landesman is the Former Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shelly Lazarus is chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, a global advertising agency. She has been on the forefront of the advertising industry since the 1970s. Her trademarks—clear branding and building close client relationships—have attracted some of the world’s most respected brands to Ogilvy, including American Express, Coca-Cola, Ford, IBM, and Unilever, among many others. A frequent industry honoree, she has appeared in Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of America’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business since the list’s inception in 1998. Lazarus was the first woman to receive Columbia Business School’s Distinguished Leader in Business Award as well as the Advertising Educational Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She serves on a number of boards, including General Electric, Merck, New York Presbyterian Hospital, World Wildlife Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Jonah Lehrer is an author and journalist who writes often about neuroscience and psychology. He has published two books, "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," about the connections between science and the humanities, and "How We Decide," about the brain and decision-making. He has written for The New Yorker about the science of insight and about the psychology of delayed gratification.
David Leonhardt is the managing editor of a new New York Times website covering politics and policy, scheduled to begin in 2014. He was previously the paper’s Washington bureau chief, as well as an economics columnist. He is the author of the e-book, “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth,” published by The Times and Byliner.
Adam Lerner is director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). In 2004, he founded The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar (The Lab) to explore the changing nature of art and museums and, in 2009, The Lab merged with MCA Denver when Lerner took the helm of the museum. According to a recent article in The New York Times, Lerner’s work at MCA Denver is “reshaping what has become a stale model for a contemporary art museum.” He is the author of a book about unauthenticated art forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press.
Sanford Levinson is the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair and a professor of government at the University of Texas. He has been teaching law and government at UT since 1980, following a teaching position at Princeton University. His specialty is the United States Constitution, about which he has written hundreds of articles and several books. His most recent book Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance, looks at the United States Constitution in the context of American state constitutions, many of which are interestingly different in providing models of governance. He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.
Li Xiaolin is the president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), a post she has held since 2010. She joined CPAFFC in 1975 and successively served as chief of the division of US Affairs, deputy director general, and director general of the department of American and Oceanian Affairs. In 1996, she was elected as vice president of CPAFFC. From 1990 to 1992, she was the first secretary of the Chinese Embassy in the United States. US-CHINA
Robert Lipsyte is a sports and city columnist for the The New York Times. He is the author of sixteen books, including his recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter. Lipsyte has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” and “NBC Nightly News.” He won Columbia University’s Mike Berger Award for distinguished reporting in 1966 and 1996, and in 1992 was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. In 1990, he received an Emmy as host of “The Eleventh Hour,” a nightly PBS public affairs show on WNET in New York. Lipsyte’s books also include Dick Gregory’s autobiography, Nigger, and SportsWorld: An American Dreamland. In 2001, he won the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature. His YA novels include The Contender, One Fat Summer, and Center Field.
Michael Lopp is a director at Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company dedicated to radicalizing the way the world interacts with data. Before joining Palantir, Lopp was part of the senior leadership team at Apple for nine years where he led essential parts of the Mac OS X engineering team, and subsequently managed the engineering team responsible for Apple's Online Store. Prior to Apple, he worked in engineering leadership at notable Silicon Valley companies such as Netscape, Symantecand Borland. Lopp is a noted author in Silicon Valley where his blog “rands in repose” and books Managing Humans and Being Geek, on engineering management, are canon.
Alexis Madrigal is the editor-in-chief at Fusion. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Wired. He’s the author of “Powering the Dream” and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.
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Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and a contributing editor at Wired UK. He is co-director of Studio-X NYC, an off-campus event space run by the architecture department at Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Technology, Sydney, and he lectures widely on architectural topics at museums, schools, and other venues around the world. Manaugh recently curated the exhibition Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions for the Nevada Museum of Art; an accompanying book, co-published by Actar, is forthcoming. Manaugh is also a freelance journalist, writing for Popular Science, The New York Times, GOOD, Volume, Domus, and many websites.
Marissa Mayer is president and CEO of Yahoo!, a role she assumed in July 2012. Before that she spent 13 years at Google, having joined the company as a software engineer—employee number 20—in 1999. Mayer oversaw the explosive growth of Google Search and its extension into areas like image, book, and product search. She also led the development of many popular services, including Google News and Gmail, and is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design. From 2010 to 2012, she was vice president in charge of the company’s local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. Mayer earned her masters degree in computer science from Stanford, where she also taught programming. She serves on the boards of Walmart and several nonprofits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Ballet, and New York City Ballet.
William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer is the Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity firm. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. Mr. Mayer worked at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank for 23 years where he held numerous management positions including President and CEO. Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of DynaVox, BlackRock Kelso and Lee Enterprises and is a trustee of the Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 30 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is the U.S. Chairman of the British-North American Committee, a board member of the Acumen Fund and Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.
Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at MIT and cofounder of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In his new best seller, The Second Machine Age, McAfee and coauthor Erik Brynjolfsson warn that we’re entering a wildly new era in human history. When the Industrial Revolution replaced manual labor with machines, people were still needed to run things; only a decade ago, pundits were telling us to become “knowledge workers” for job security. But with digital technology, the machines have now begun to take over those roles as well. This “second machine age” will change business and society in ways we can hardly imagine today. McAfee has written for Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His previous books include Enterprise 2.0 and Race Against the Machine.
Tom McMillen is chairman of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He has served as the chairman and CEO of Homeland Security Capital Corporation since 2005. He is a former US representative (D-MD) and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. McMillen played for the NBA for eleven years with the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets, and he was on the 1972 US Olympic team. McMillen was a three-time All-American and academic All-American at the University of Maryland and went on to become a Rhodes Scholar. McMillen first received acclaim in high school when he was named the best basketball player in the US and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His book, Out of Bounds, examines the conflicts between sports and ethics.
C. Douglas McMillon
Doug McMillon is president and CEO of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart's overall operations, with more than 5,000 stores and more than 730,000 associates in 26 countries outside the US. From 2006 to 2009, McMillon served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, an operating segment of Walmart, with sales of more than $46 billion during his tenure. McMillon currently serves on the board of directors of the US China Business Council, the executive committee and board of directors for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), the dean’s advisory board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and the board for Crystal Bridges, an American art museum. He has also been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Most of McMillon’s 20-year career has been in merchandising in the Walmart US division, primarily in food, apparel, and general merchandise.
Amanda Michel is open editor for the Guardian US and a co-founder of SparkCamp. Recently she worked at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, where she was awarded a Knight-Batten Special Distinction Award for her crowdsourcing projects. New York Magazine named Michel one of the top new media innovators. Prior to ProPublica, Michel directed Huffington Post’s OffTheBus, for which she was credited by New York Magazine with “crafting the genre of citizen journalism.” Before working in media, she directed Howard Dean’s youth organizing effort Generation Dean and belonged to John Kerry’s Internet team. With colleagues, she co-founded the New Organizing Institute.
Based in Washington, D.C., “Andrea Mitchell Reports” premiered in 2008. Mitchell is also the NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and regularly appears on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”, “Today”, and “Meet the Press.” The program includes in-depth interviews with DC and world newsmakers and covers many international news topics as well.
Ted Mitchell is president and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization committed to improving public education, especially for the underserved. From 2008 to 2010, he served as president of the California State Board of Education. Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Mitchell was president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the UCLA, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has served on a number of policy commissions, including chairing the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and the Commission on Teacher Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy, New Leaders for New Schools, The Teaching Channel, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, and The McClatchy Company.
Gregory Mosher is a professor at Columbia University, where one of his classes is devoted to finding new producing models for the 21st century. He is the former director of the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres and is the producer or director of nearly 200 plays at those theatres, on Broadway, and in the West End. His recent work on Broadway includes directing and producing A View from the Bridge and That Championship Season. In 2004, he established Columbia University’s Arts Initiative, a program to engage students and faculty across the university in the arts, and led it through 2010.
Ralph W. Moss is the author of twelve books and three documentaries about cancer. His most recent book, Customized Cancer Treatment, is the first study of chemosensitivity and resistance assays. His articles have recently appeared in the journals Immunbiology, Lancet online, and Pharmacological Research. For the past 35 years he has independently evaluated various cancer treatments. He directs The Moss Reports, writes a column for The Townsend Letter, and edits the online newsletter Advances in Cancer Treatment. Moss was a science writer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1974 to 1977.
Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on American political thought and philosophic foundations of constitutional democracy. He is currently finishing a book called A Defense of Party Spirit, which attempts to say something good about partisanship. His previous book, Just Work, analyzes the moral meanings of work in democratic culture. Muirhead has taught in the past at Williams College, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Charles Murray
Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A political scientist, author, and libertarian, he came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller The Bell Curve, coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray’s other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, In Our Hands, Real Education, and Coming Apart. His most recent book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission urges Americans to stem governmental overreach and use America’s unique civil society to put government back in its place.
Niven R. Narain is co-founder, president, and chief technology officer of Berg Pharma, which focuses its research on understanding how alterations in metabolism relate to disease onset. His passion is innovation that drives patient care and the generation of actionable biological data. He discovered BPM 31510, the novel cancer drug in late stage clinical development for skin cancers and solid tumors. Most notably, Narain developed the Interrogative Biology platform, which uses core biological modeling to develop safe, effective drugs in a cost-effective manner. He has over 160 issued and pending patents and was director of cutaneous oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Narain is committed to changing the paradigm of innovation in medicine.
Richard G. Newell
Dr. Richard G. Newell was sworn in on August 3, 2009 as the seventh Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
As Administrator of EIA, Richard is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices. Richard is responsible for the preparation of analyses and special reports on topics of current interest.
Richard is on leave from his position as the Gendell Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Previously he served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He also spent many years as a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, non-partisan environmental and resource economics research institution in Washington, DC. He has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, particularly alternatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving other energy and environmental goals.
Prior to his confirmation, Richard was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a University Fellow of RFF, and on several boards including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the journal Energy Economics, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the Automotive X-Prize. He has served on several National Academy of Science expert committees related to energy, environment, and innovation.
Richard holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in environmental and resource economics. He also holds a M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. in materials engineering and a B.A. in philosophy from Rutgers University.
Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera, and the Director of the Stanford AI Lab. Ng’s goal is to connect everyone in the world to a great education, for free. His Stanford group also carries out research in machine learning and AI, with an emphasis on deep learning, and he was also the founder of Google’s large-scale deep learning project.
Joe Nocera is an op-ed columnist at The New York Times. Before joining the opinion pages in 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He also serves as a regular business commentator for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Before joining the Times in 2005, Nocera spent ten years at Fortune, where he held a variety of positions, including contributing writer, editor-at-large, executive editor, and editorial director. He was the Profit Motive columnist at GQ until May 1995, and he wrote the same column for Esquire from 1988 until 1990. Nocera has won three Gerald Loeb Awards, including the 2008 Award for Commentary, and three John Hancock Awards for excellence in business journalism. He is the author of three books, including All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis.
Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.
Chris Nowinski is co-director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. A former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, he is the author of Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, which was made into the documentary film Head Games, directed by Steve James. He was named a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow and serves on the NFL Players Association Mackey/White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee. He is a Ph.D. candidate in behavioral neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine.
Marvin E. Odum is president of Shell Oil Company and director upstream of Royal Dutch Shell’s subsidiary companies in the Americas. He directs a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deep water, wind, and biofuels. He holds positions of board leadership and participation in the Business Roundtable and the American Petroleum Institute. Odum is a member of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the advisory board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors for MD Anderson Cancer Center. Odum began his Shell career as an engineer in 1982 and has since served in a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in both technical and commercial aspects of energy.
Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT and 234NEXT.com, which provide news and informed opinion primarily for a Nigerian audience to further the common good. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is chairman of the Global Network Initiative International Advisory Council and a member of the governing board of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative. In 2010, the Global Forum for Ethics in Business honored him as an exemplar of ethical business leadership, and Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People. Most recently, Olojede was awarded the John P. McNulty Prize in recognition of his groundbreaking work to deliver unbiased information to the Nigerian public, demand government transparency, and advance journalistic standards in the country.
Mark Penn is worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and public affairs agency, and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, a strategic research firm. He served as a key adviser in the 1996 re-election of Bill Clinton and as White House pollster for six years. He has helped elect over 25 world leaders, including Tony Blair’s re-election in 1995. He has also worked with major corporations and CEOs, including Bill Gates and Bill Ford. In 2008, Penn was chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Penn is also author of the 2007 best-selling book Microtrends, a look at the small forces behind tomorrow’s big changes.
James T. Powell is chief technology officer of Thomson Reuters. In this role, he oversees the company’s technology initiatives and strategy, including the application of newly emerging technologies to advance the development and delivery of intelligent information. Previously he was CTO for the Markets division. In his 14 years at Thomson Reuters, Powell has held a number of senior leadership positions including CTO for enterprise, CTO and global head of product development, head of technology strategy, and CTO for the Reuters Financial division. He has also held senior leadership positions at Solace Systems, Citadel Investment Group, and TIBCO Finance Technology.
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting professor at University of Manchester (UK). His most recent book, American Grace, co-authored with David Campbell, focuses on the role of religion in American public life. Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past president of the American Political Science Association. Putnam won the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in 2006 and has served as an adviser to presidents and national leaders around the world. He has written a dozen books, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work. The Sunday Times called Putnam "the most influential academic in the world today."
Dominic Randolph became the sixth head of the Riverdale Country School in 2007, the school’s centennial year. Riverdale is a pre-K through grade 12 independent school of 1,100 students in New York City. Previously, Randolf served in the capacity of assistant headmaster at the Lawrenceville School and has worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. His work has focused on curriculum development, understanding the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning spaces, character development, and positive psychology, interdisciplinary studies, and design thinking. Randolph serves on the boards of the Lawrenceville School and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City.
Wallace Renfro is vice president and chief policy advisor for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He has worked more than four decades in the communications and public relations field, including nearly 40 years at the NCAA. He has served in various public relations functions and was director of public relations from 1997 until his departure in 2002 to form Renfro & Associates Communications Solutions. Renfro returned to the NCAA in 2003 and in 2008 was named vice president and senior advisor to the president. Since his return, he has helped draft the NCAA’s first association-wide strategic plan in 2004 and was the primary author of the public report, The Second-Century Imperatives: Presidential Leadership~Institutional Accountability, for the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics. He is also the author of a to-be-published essay entitled Amateurism, Professionalism and Commercial Activity in Intercollegiate Athletics: An Ambivalence of Principles.
Founder, Longshot Magazine, Foodprint Project, and Editor Emeritus at Inhabitat
Craig Robinson is the head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. In his fourth season, Robinson led the Beavers to their best season in decades, winning more than 20 games for the first time since 1989-90. Prior to OSU, he led Brown University to their best two-year record in history and was named Ivy League Coach of the Year. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller, A Game of Character.
Charlie Rose is executive editor and anchor of “Charlie Rose,” the nightly one-hour interview program that engages in one-on-one in-depth conversation and roundtable discussions about important issues and ideas of our time. He is co-anchor of the daily morning television program “CBS This Morning” and also a contributing correspondent to the CBS news program “60 Minutes.” Since 1991, Rose has done more in-depth hours with Nobel laureates and extraordinary men and women of science, politics, art, business, sports, technology, literature, and entertainment than any other program in the world. These conversations have made Rose the cultural and intellectual custodian of our time, providing accessible profiles of the people who have influenced our world. Rose is the recipient of the Legion d’honneur, numerous awards from the scientific and journalism communities, and many honorary degrees.
As a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, David Rothkopf has written Running the World: The Inside Story of the NSC and the Architects of American Power, published numerous articles on America's role in the world, and directed the efforts of the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable.
His most recent book, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, examines the power of global elites, how they are shaping globalization and being shaped by it.
In addition, he is also president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in emerging markets investing and risk management related services. Previously, Rothkopf was founder, chairman and CEO of Intellibridge, a firm offering open-source intelligence and advisory services on international issues, after serving for two years as managing director of Kissinger Associates.
Rothkopf served as deputy under secretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton Administration. In this capacity, he played a central role in developing and directing the Administration's ground breaking Big Emerging Markets Initiative.
Rothkopf came to the government after founding and serving as chairman and chief executive officer of International Media Partners, where he was editor and publisher of CEO magazine and Emerging Markets newspapers, and chairman of the CEO Institutes.
He currently serves as Chairman of the National Strategic Investment Dialogue and as a member of the advisory boards of the US Institute of Peace and the Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A prolific writer, he is the author of more than 150 articles on international themes for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and others.
David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $200 billion from 40 offices around the world.
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His latest book is What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Sandel’s other books include Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, among others. His work has been translated into 19 foreign languages. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the most influential foreign figure of the year in China. In 2009, Sandel delivered the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures, broadcast in the United Kingdom and worldwide on the BBC World Service. In the United States, Sandel has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; he is also on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jeremy Schaap is a reporter and host for ESPN. He has won six national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times best-seller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. His best-known ESPN stories include a Bobby Fischer profile, which earned him the national Sports Emmy for writing, an award named for his father Dick Schaap, and an investigation that took him to Serbia in search of a basketball player accused of a brutal assault, which earned him the national Sports Emmy for journalism.
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, is an author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Time, the New Republic, Harpers, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the China Quarterly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Edwin Schlossberg is founder and principal designer of ESI Design. He is an internationally recognized designer of collaborative public experiences, knowledge-sharing networks, and communications platforms for a variety of companies and institutions. Schlossberg’s designs include everything from children’s museums, multi-player games and science exhibits, to innovative retail experiences, multi-story interactive signs, and participatory expo pavilions. His recent projects include the award-winning Dream Cube for the Shanghai corporate community at the 2010 World Expo, the National Immigration Museum at Ellis Island, Tryon Palace, Reuters Sign in Times Square, GE Social Space at TED, Mercy Corps’ Action Center, INFINITY at NASA Stennis Space Center, Best Buy Co. and many others. He is the author of eleven books and numerous articles, including Interactive Excellence: Defining and Developing New Standards for the Twenty-first Century.
Eric E. Schmidt is executive chairman of Google. Since joining the startup in 2001, Schmidt has helped grow the company to be a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, and advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as Google’s CEO, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside its founder. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Schmidt is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the UK. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007.
Dennis Scholl is the Vice President of Arts for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s national arts program, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture. He is also the founder of a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of international museums.
Howard Schultz is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company. He purchased Starbucks in 1987 with the help of local investors in Seattle. He was originally drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture in 1982 when he moved from his native New York to join Starbucks as director of operations and marketing when Starbucks had four stores. In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and was captivated by Italian coffee bars decided to bring that back to the States. In order to pursue this dream, Schultz left Starbucks to start his own coffee company, Il Giornale, and returned in 1987 to purchase Starbucks. Schultz went on to create two landmark programs for Starbucks partners (employees): comprehensive health coverage for part-time partners and equity in the company in the form of stock options. Starbucks has grown to more than 16,000 stores around the world.
John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown (JSB) was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 as well as the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000. A master integrator and instigator of productive friction, JSB explores the whitespace between disciplines and builds bridges between disparate organizations and ideas. In his more than two decades at PARC, Brown transformed the organization into a truly multidisciplinary research center at the creative edge of applied technology and design, integrating social sciences and arts into the traditional physics and computer science research and expanding the role of corporate research to include topics such as the management of radical innovation, organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano-technologies.
JSB is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at the University of Southern California (USC) where he facilitates collaboration between the schools for Communication and Media and the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). JSB is also the Independent Co-Chairman for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge where he pursues research on institutional innovation and a reimagined work environment built on digital culture, ubiquitous computing, and the need for constant learning and adaptability. His personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media, and the application of technology to fundamentally rethink the nature of work and institutional architectures in order to enable deep learning across organizational boundaries – in brief, to design for emergence in a constantly changing world.
Beppe Severgnini is a columnist for the Financial Times and has been writing for the Corriere della Sera since 1995. His most recent book is Mamma Mia! Berlusconi’s Italy Explained to Posterity and Friends Abroad. Since 1998, Severgnini has been moderating the Italians blog. He is the most-followed Italian journalist on Twitter and the best-selling author of twelve books, including La Bella Figura, Un Italiano in America, and Ciao, America! He has written for The Sunday Times, The Economist, and The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, he was voted European Journalist of the Year in Brussels. Severgnini is also a broadcaster and has worked for Rai, Sky Italia, Channel 4 UK, and the BBC. He teaches at the Walter Tobagi School of Journalism at the University of Milan/IFG. He has been a research fellow and writer in residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at Middlebury College and at the universities of Milan-Bocconi, Parma, and Pavia.
Russell Shaw is the head of Georgetown Day School, which was founded in 1945 as the first integrated school in Washington, DC. GDS is a nationally recognized K–12 institution, known for its quality education and as a leader in social justice, equity, and diversity curriculum. Shaw is an active partner to leaders in government and public and charter education around the role of independent schools in the vital debate about the future of education. He has served as legislative assistant to Congressman Henry Waxman, researcher and editor, classroom teacher, and Outward Bound instructor.
Hu Shuli is editor-in-chief of Caixin Media, editor-in-chief for the weekly magazine Caixin Century, and dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University. Internationally recognized for her achievements in journalism, Hu was listed on the Top 100 Influential People in 2011 by TIME magazine. Under her leadership, the editorial team of Caixin Media won the 2011 Shorenstein Journalism Award by Stanford University. She was named by Foreign Policy as one of Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010. She received the 2007 Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. In 2006, Hu was called the most powerful commentator in China by the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal cited her as one of the Ten Women to Watch in Asia.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise with offices in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.
Shimon Slavin is professor of medicine and medical and scientific director of the International Center for Cell Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Slavin pioneered the use of immunotherapy mediated by donor lymphocytes and innovative methods for stem cell transplantation for the cure of hematological malignancies and solid tumors, and more recently, the use of multi-potent stem cells for regenerative medicine. His development of new procedures based on clinical application of the most advanced basic science and biotechnology at the patient’s bedside attracts patients from all over the world. Slavin has written four books and more than 650 scientific publications and serves on many editorial boards and many national and international advisory boards. He has received many international awards in recognition of his excellence in basic science and clinical medicine, introducing new therapeutic concepts that paved the road for successful treatment of patients considered incurable by conventional medicine.
Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is perhaps best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie. In addition to her work in television and film, Smith is said to have created a new form of theatre. Following her interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates theater works in which she plays many characters – as many as 52 in one production – representing multiple points of view.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin is co-anchor of "Squawk Box," CNBC's signature morning program. Sorkin is also a financial columnist for The New York Times and the editor-at-large of DealBook, a news site he founded that is published by The Times.
Constance Steinkuehler Squire is a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is currently on temporary leave from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she is an assistant professor in the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) group in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Her research is on cognition, learning, and literacy in massively multiplayer online games and other online game communities spaces. Current interests include collective problem solving, digital and print literacy, informal scientific reasoning, and pop cosmopolitanism. Her work has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. Squire recently helped author the National Academies of Science report entitled “Learning Science: Computer Games, Simulations, and Education” and is editor of the upcoming book entitled Games, Learning, and Society: Learning and Meaning in the Digital Age.
Lynn A. Stout is the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law in the Clarke Business Law Institute at Cornell Law School. Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior. Her most recent books are The Shareholder Value Myth and Cultivating Conscience. Stout also serves on many boards, including as an independent trustee and as chair of the governance committee for the Eaton Vance family of mutual funds, as a member of the board of advisors for the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, as executive advisor to the Brookings Institution Project on Corporate Purpose, and as a research fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. Stout has taught at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, Georgetown University Law School, UCLA Law School, and the George Washington University National Law Center.
Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers is one of America’s leading economists. In addition to serving as 71st Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, Dr. Summers served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.
In 1998, Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and also won a Tony® for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The musical has won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes, garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask
and puppet designs. For her latest Broadway production, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Taymor served as director and co-book writer. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, nominated for five Tony® Awards.
Gillian Tett is the US managing editor of the Financial Times, where she leads the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com. During her nearly 20 years at the publication, she has served in a number of capacities, including capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in London. She won Journalist of the Year in 2009 and Business Journalist of the Year in 2008, both from the British Press Awards. In 2007 she was awarded the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. She is the best-selling author of Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe; and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from its Trillion Dollar Meltdown, which won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards in 2009.
Matt Thompson is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com.
Susan Tierney is a Managing Principal at Analysis Group, where she specializes in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects. A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and state public utility commissioner, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's energy project and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. She was appointed to the National Petroleum Council and serves as an ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment program, an initiative of the Department of Energy and MIT.
Wu Tong is a musician and composer and has become his generation’s most visible proponent of traditional Chinese music. Wu has achieved an unparalleled following for Chinese music on three continents as a founding vocalist of the pioneering rock band Lunhui (Again), which merges Western and Asian traditions; a performer with the Silk Road Ensemble; and a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, he has appeared with the Silk Road Ensemble at such prestigious venues as the Aichi World Expo, the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Millennium Park. In 2010, the album Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace, which Wu helped produce, won the Best Classical Crossover Album in the 52nd Grammy Awards. He also released his personal crossover album, The Sound from My Heart.
Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Rethinking Character and Intelligence, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. He has written about education, child development, poverty, and politics for The New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and other magazines. He has worked as an editor at The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program This American Life.
Kevin Turner is founder of the Kevin Turner Foundation. He played eight brutal seasons in the NFL. As a fullback in the ’90s for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, he delivered countless punishing hits on defenders and absorbed thousands of bone-rattling collisions. For his work, Turner suffered multiple concussions, significant nerve damage, and a neck injury that ultimately ended his career. In the years following his retirement, Turner found himself battling depression, headaches, and unexplained memory lapses. Doctors eventually linked his condition to the repeated brain trauma he had been exposed to playing football. Four years later, in May 2010, then 41-year-old Turner was diagnosed with ALS. Never one to quit, by October 2010, Turner had created The Kevin Turner Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to build awareness about ALS and its connection to brain trauma in athletes.
Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago, which he helped to establish, and is president-elect of the American Physical Society. Turner helped pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology and the Fermilab astrophysics program, which today accounts for about ten percent of the lab’s activities. He led the National Academy study Quarks to the Cosmos that laid out the strategic vision for the field. Turner’s scholarly contributions include predicting cosmic acceleration and coining the term dark energy. His many honors include the Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, the Klopsted Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the 2011 Darwin Lecture of the Royal Astronomical Society, among many others.
Nicola Twilley is author of the blog Edible Geography and co-director of Studio-X NYC, part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities. She is curator of a forthcoming exhibition at the Center for Land Use Interpretation exploring North America’s spaces of artificial refrigeration and co-founder of the Foodprint Project. In June 2012, Future Plural, the curatorial and publishing initiative that she co-directs, launched Venue, a pop-up interview studio and mobile media rig traveling around North America through September 2013.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Ms. Verstandig is Chairman of the Aspen Institute's Middle East Programs and Senior Vice President at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. At Aspen she oversees the Secretariat for the recently launched Partners for New Beginning (PNB) which constitutes a group of distinguished American leaders who are committed to using their expertise, relationships and access to resources to build a collection of public-private partnerships which broaden and deepen engagement between the United States and local communities on issues of economic opportunity, science & technology, education, and exchange to help advance President Obama's Cairo vision. Aspen Middle East programs also include a dialogue with the UAE, a Lebanon program, the North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (NAPEO), and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership (UPP), which promotes economic opportunities for the Palestinian people through a public-private partnership, in order to support progress toward a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian people.
From November 1994 until January 2001, Ms. Verstandig served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the US Department of State. In this capacity, she directed and coordinated U.S. bilateral relations and overall policy development concerning Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, as well as U.S. economic and commercial policies in the Middle East. Ms. Verstandig also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. She chaired the bilateral Committees on Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.
Ms. Verstandig is a graduate of Boston University and Stephens College, and also holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Seton Hill College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Children's National Medical Center, the Board of the University of Denver Korbel School for International Affairs, the National Advisory Board for the Catholic Center for the Study of the Holocaust, the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and that of the Center for Global Development. Ms. Verstandig is married, and they have one child.
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropy in the United States with over $11 billion in assets and $500 million in annual giving. The foundation is based in the United States and operates worldwide, with ten offices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South America.
Kah Walla is managing director of STRATEGIES!, an international consultancy firm. For over 25 years, Walla has been an activist focused on good governance, the rights of women and youth, and the rule of law. She has worked with civil society in Cameroon and throughout Africa, developing policies and projects at international, national, and local levels with farmers, traders, motor bike drivers, persons with disabilities, fishermen, student associations, and governments. On October 9, 2011, Walla ran as a candidate for the presidency of Cameroon. In 2007, she was elected to the Doula City Council and in the years to follow, stood up against a constitutional amendment aimed at eliminating presidential term limits and created a citizen movement to register voters and advocate for electoral reform. She has partnered with Vital Voices–ExxonMobil programs, African Women Leaders as an Economic Force Initiative, and African Women in Public Life.
John A. Walsh is executive vice president and executive editor of ESPN Inc. and the ESPN Internet Group.
He oversaw the launch of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Radio and was instrumental in developing the news and information elements of ESPN2.
He is also responsible for all creative development and editorial direction for ESPN.com, NFL.com, ABCSports.com, and Soccernet.
He was founding editor of the original Inside Sports magazine, and he also served as managing editor of U.S. News & World Report and Rolling Stone. He has edited three sports books, including The Heisman: A Symbol of Excellence.
Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, and strategic communications. Weber served in the US House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican leadership. Weber is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the administration and on Capitol Hill and has counseled numerous presidential campaigns. In 2004, Vin was the Bush-Cheney ’04 plains states regional chairman.
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities.
Joanne Weiss is chief of staff to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She joined the Education Department in 2009 to direct the Race to the Top Fund, its $4.35 billion program designed to encourage and reward states making system-wide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to joining the administration, Weiss was partner and chief operating officer at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she focused on investments and management assistance for a variety of charter management organizations, human capital solutions providers, and academic tools and systems designers. Prior to her work at NewSchools, Weiss spent 20 years as CEO, and before that as vice president, for companies providing technology-based products and services to underserved students in K-12 and higher education.
Mark Wigley is dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is one of the foremost architectural theorists and critics of his generation and has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture. In 2005, Wigley co-founded Volume Magazine together with Rem Koolhaas and Ole Bouman. As a guest curator, he made widely attended exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Witte de With in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Damian Woetzel was a Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet and frequently performed internationally as a guest star and visiting artist with numerous companies including the Kirov Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, until his retirement from the stage in 2008. Woetzel currently serves as the Director of Arts Programs for the Aspen Institute, the Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and as the Founding Director of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program. Woetzel is also active as a director and producer outside these roles. Among his recent projects, Woetzel produced and directed an arts salute to Stephen Hawking at Lincoln Center for the World Science Festival, directed the first performance of the White House Dance Series, which took place in the East Room of the White House and was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, and co-produced the tribute to legendary ballerina Natalia Makarova as part of the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December 2012. Woetzel also works with Yo-Yo Ma on his Silk Road Connect program in the New York City Public Schools, and has twice directed culminating year-end performances; at the Museum of Natural History in 2010, and for the Central Park SummerStage series in 2011. Woetzel was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities by President Obama in 2009. In July 2012, Woetzel was honored with the inaugural Gene Kelly Legacy Award - an award jointly created by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Estate of Gene Kelly in honor of the 100th anniversary of Kelly's birth - for his contributions to the arts as a ballet star and director of dance and music performances.
Amira Yahyaoui is a Tunisian peace activist and founder of Al Bawsala, an NGO that monitors the constitutional assembly and parliment to protect the free expression of the Tunisian people and advocate or human rights. Yahyaoui has been a tireless advocate for freedom of expression for over a decade. She comes from a family of human rights activists; when she was 16, her father, a judge, was forced from his job for speaking out against then-President Ben Ali. While still a teenager, Yahyaoui was tailed by secret police and beaten for her activism; ultimately, she sought refuge in Paris and was banned from her homeland for four years. Following her country’s revolution, Yahyaoui became an independent youth candidate in Tunisia’s first free election.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Zuckerman is also owner, chairman, and editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report and owner and publisher of the New York Daily News. serves as chairman of the board of directors of Boston Properties and has been a director since 1997. He co-founded the company in 1970. He serves as a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University, the Aspen Institute, the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, and the Center for Communications. He is also a member of the JP Morgan National Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is a former associate professor of city and regional planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a former lecturer at Yale University, and a past president of the board of trustees of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
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