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Knowledge@Wharton: April 3, 2019

Today on Knowledge@Wharton … we meet several of the 2019 Eisenhower Fellows who are in the U.S as part of the international leader exchange program founded in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration devoted to missions of peace. Former American Ballet Theater dancer JOHN MICHAEL SCHERT describes how he’s bridged his creative life into social entrepreneurship. Schert is the Founding Principal of JMS & Company based in Boise, Idaho that helps businesses, governments, universities and other organizations make creative decisions. He is also the executive producer of the Treefort Music Fest, a three-day music and arts festival in Boise with over 24,000 attendees.

Then, ADELMISE WARNER, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Pandora and SiriusXM, was raised in Haiti as part of a culture that didn’t educate women, as their role was at home. But Ms. Warner has broken that cycle by learning English at the age of 16 when she was living in San Diego. She now is a lawyer who works to bring more women and ethnic minorities to corporate boards.

Our next guest, Associate Research fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, ANDREA TOBIA ZEVI was an advisor to the Italy’s Prime Minister and helped implement programs to boost Italian cities and its suburbs. Zevi plans on studying U.S. urban practices to improve the future of global cities regarding social equity, environmental impact, economic growth and sustainabletourism.

And, NAJLA AL MIDFA is the CEO of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center in the United Arab Emirates, which has a portfolio of 70 startups with over $37 million in investments. The center has created 500 jobs with more than $24 million in sales to date. Al Midfa is studying how governments can shape early-stage investments in startups, and is creating an in-house academy to prepare the next generation of business owners.

Next, DARLENE MURALEMWA, a Senior Lecturer and Founder of Graduate Sales Bootcamp at Mzumbe University’s Dar Es Salaam Campus College, is researching ways to scale up her boot camp from its current nine-day format to a three-month experience. The boot camp has a 60 percent success rate within six months, but Muralemwa is aware of the mindset changes necessary needed to fill in the job skills gap in Tanzania

Finally, Colombian Senator RODRIGO LARA helped negotiate a peace agreement with the FARC rebels, took the lead in crafting disparate laws including organ donation defaults and student loans repayments. His Eisenhower fellowship allows him to examine how military research and development can help to advance the broader economy.

Air Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

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John Michael Schert

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Adelmise Warner

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Najla Al Midfa

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Rodrigo Lara

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Rodrigo Lara

Senator, Columbia

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Colombian Senator RODRIGO LARA helped negotiate a peace agreement with the FARC rebels, took the lead in crafting disparate laws including organ donation defaults and student loans repayments. His Eisenhower fellowship allows him to examine how military research and development can help to advance the broader economy.
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Najla Al Midfa

CEO, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, UAE

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Najla Al-Midfa is General Manager of Sheraa – Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center – a government entity that aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and provide them with a launchpad for success. She is also Founder of Khayarat, a platform that enables young Emiratis to make informed career choices. Prior to this, she was a Senior Manager at the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, where she led a team of business counselors through the due diligence process, helping to identify and select ventures for financing. During her tenure, she also designed and led several youth-related initiatives. Najla was previously a senior associate at McKinsey and Company‘s New York office, where she worked on a range of strategy-related projects, primarily serving clients across the financial institutions sector. Her work experience also includes key roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers and Shell. Najla is a member of the Board of Directors, and Risk Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee at United Arab Bank. She is also Vice-Chairman Young Arab Leaders, a founding board member of Education for Employment UAE, and Women Corporate Directors GCC. She holds an MBA from Stanford University; she’s a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.
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Adelmise Warner

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Pandora & SiriusXM

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I am a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion should not be a standalone initiative, but should be incorporated into every aspect of the employee life cycle.

As Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, I am responsible for developing and successfully executing on Diversity and Inclusion strategies that not only help us attract diverse talent but also help us maintain an inclusive work environment. I work closely with employees, senior leaders, and community organizations to help ensure that our workforce better reflects the community we serve, and that people actually feel that they belong no matter what their backgrounds or personal preferences.
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John Michael Schert

Founding Principal, JMS & Company

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John Michael works with clients to help them create and unlock customized leadership development opportunities for their organizations, communities and causes. His work draws from his experiences as an entrepreneur, artist, producer and educator.

For four years Schert served as the inaugural Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he studied, and lectured on, the utility of the creative process; how the skills and behaviors of creatives can be of relevance and value to other sectors. He is the founding principal of JMS & Company, an executive producer of Boise’s B Corp-certified Treefort Music Fest, and the founder of the American Ballet Theatre Leadership Lab.

He began his career as a dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In 2004, he co-founded Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) serving as the company’s Executive Director and a dancer for nine years. During that time Schert gained a unique insight into the process and product of art-making, which has led him to become a sought-after national arts leader and speaker focusing on the evolving role of artists in American society.

Schert is a recipient of the USA Eisenhower Fellowship 2019. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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