Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council.
Jeremy Philips : Tech Investor
Jeremy is a General Partner at Spark Capital focusing on growth investments. Prior to joining Spark in 2014, Jeremy spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and in operating roles. He co-founded ecorp and helped build it into a leading, publicly traded Australian internet company. Subsequently, he was executive vice president at News Corporation in New York, focusing on digital strategy and acquisitions.
Richard Florida : Urban Theorist
Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. Esquire Magazine recently named him one of the ‘Best and Brightest’. He is author of the national and international best- selling book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received the Washington Monthly’s Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review.
Sheila Heen: Triad Consulting
Sheila Heen is a Founder of Triad Consulting Group and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Through her line of work, Heen has helped companies develop solid communications skills, which have allowed them to work more effectively. The lessons drawn from these experiences now serve as a basis for her talks.
Michio Kaku : Futurist
Dr. Michio Kaku — theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything.
Linda Rottenberg : Founder of Endeavor
Founder of Endeavor, and named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Frank Luntz : Political Master
Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, while Time Magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under,” and Newsweek identified him as #24 (tied) on their 2010 Power Elite survey. And this year, he finished #87th in a Time magazine global poll of the “most influential people in the world.”
Dr. John Kotter : Leadership and Change
John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again.
Joseph Nye : Diplomat
Joseph Samuel Nye, Jr. (born January 19, 1937) is an American political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1964. He is also the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory neoliberalism, developed in their 1977 book Power and Interdependence.
Clayton Christensen : Harvard
Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar.
Steve Ballmer : Former CEO of Microsoft
Steve Ballmer retired as CEO of Microsoft in February 2014 and didn’t take long to move onto his next job, boss of the Los Angeles Clippers. In August he closed a $2 billion purchase of the team, the highest price ever paid for an NBA squad. The hefty price tag didn’t faze Ballmer, who keeps getting richer as Microsoft shares rise steadily since his departure.