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Knowledge@Wharton: January 23, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Sean McFate (Professor of Strategy, The National Defense University & Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service), Steve A. Fainaru (Reporter, ESPN), Hank Boyd Esq. (Clinical Professor of Marketing, University of Maryland (Robert H. Smith School of Business)), Robert Boland J.D. (Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice), Ken Shropshire (Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School), John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management), and Paul Eisenstein (Publisher and Editor) on the Wednesday, January 23, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Michael Kehler and Hank Boyd

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Hank Boyd Esq.

Steve Fainaru, Ken Shropshire, and Robert A. Boland

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Steve A. Fainaru, Robert Boland J.D., Ken Shropshire

John Paul MacDuffie and Paul Eisenstein

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: John Paul MacDuffie, Paul Eisenstein

Sean McFate

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Sean McFate

Featured Guests

Sean McFate

Professor of Strategy, The National Defense University & Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service


Dr. Sean McFate is an author, novelist and foreign policy expert. He is a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. Additionally, he is an Advisor to Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs.

A specialist in national security strategy, McFate was a think tank scholar at the RAND Corporation, Atlantic Council, Bipartisan Policy Center, and New America Foundation. Recently, he was a visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s Changing Character of War Program, where he conducted research on future war.

McFate’s career began as a paratrooper and officer in the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. He served under Stan McChrystal and David Petraeus, and graduated from elite training programs, such as Jungle Warfare School in Panama. He was also a Jump Master.

McFate  then became a private military contractor. Among his many experiences, he dealt with warlords, raised armies for U.S. interest, rode with armed groups in the Sahara, conducted strategic reconnaissance for oil companies, transacted arms deals in Eastern Europe, and helped prevent an impending genocide in the Rwanda region.

In the world of international business, McFate was a Vice President at TD International, a boutique political risk consulting firm with offices in Washington, Houston, Singapore and Zurich. Additionally, he was a manager at DynCorp International, a consultant at BearingPoint (now Deloitte Consulting) and an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

McFate’s newest book is The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder (William Morrow). Admiral Jim Stavridis (retired), the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, said: “Stunning. Sean McFate is a new Sun Tzu.” McFate also authored The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press) which explains how the privatization of war is changing warfare. The Economist called it a “fascinating and disturbing book.”

McFate also write fiction based on his military experiences. He co-authored the novels Shadow War and Deep Black (William Morrow), part of the Tom Locke series. New York Times #1 bestselling author Mark Greaney said: “I was blown away…. simply one of the most entertaining and intriguing books I’ve read in quite some time.”

A coveted speaker, McFate has appeared before the British House of Commons, top universities and popular audience venues. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Politico, Daily Beast, CNBC, Vice Magazine, Aeon, War on the Rocks, Military Review and African Affairs. He has appeared on CNN’s Amanpour, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fox and Friends, NPR, BBC, Economist, Vice/HBO, The Discovery Channel, and American Heroes Channel. As a scholar, he has authored eight book chapters in edited academic volumes and published a monograph for the U.S. Army War College on how to raise foreign armies.

McFate holds a BA from Brown University, MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He lives in Washington, DC.

Book – https://www.amazon.com/New-Rules-War-Victory-Disorder-ebook/dp/B0756DWQR7/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1549308047&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3ASean+McFate
Full Profile

Steve A. Fainaru

Reporter, ESPN


Steve Fainaru is an American investigative journalist and senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He was previously a correspondent for the Washington Post, where his coverage of the Iraq War earned him the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2008. He left the Post in 2010 and became managing editor of The Bay Citizen, a San Francisco Bay Area news organization. He co-wrote League of Denial with his brother Mark Fainaru-Wada, a book about traumatic brain injury in the National Football League, which earned Fainaru and his brother the 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

Fainaru was born in Mountain View, California, and grew up in Marin County. He attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984. He returned to the Bay Area and worked for the San Jose Mercury News, then moved to the East coast, working for Hartford Courant (Connecticut) from 1986 to 1989, then the Boston Globe, where he was named the Globe New York bureau chief. He earned a master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University in 1992. From 1995 to 1998 he was the Globe Latin American bureau chief, based in Mexico City.
Full Profile

Hank Boyd Esq.

Clinical Professor of Marketing, University of Maryland (Robert H. Smith School of Business)


Hank Boyd is a Clinical Professor of Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is also the Managing Director at Ombudsman LLC, a diversified consultancy. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Wisconsin, and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin.

Hank’s opinions have appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washington Business Journal, Wisconsin State Journal, Morning Consult and CNBC. During the course of his academic career, Hank has taught over 15,000 students the intricacies of marketing theory and practice. A brief listing of his former clients includes the NFL, ExxonMobil, Verizon, and SAIC.

Hank received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Duke University, J.D. in Intellectual Property from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and A.B. from Princeton University.

Twitter – @SmithBrainTrust
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Robert Boland J.D.

Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice


Robert A. Boland joined Penn State University as Athletics Integrity Officer in July 2017. In this role, he works to ensure the Athletics Department is meeting all University standards related to integrity, ethics, staff and student conduct and welfare, as well as NCAA and Big Ten standards.

The position, the first of its kind, was created in August 2012 in an agreement with the NCAA, Big Ten and Penn State. It was charged with oversight and reporting of internal and external investigations into athletics. With that agreement expiring in August 2017, the University is maintaining the position as part of its own broader Athletic Integrity Program. Boland chairs the University’s Athletics Integrity Council, a group that brings together senior administrators and faculty to review matters related to athletics and reports to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and the Board of Trustees.

Boland joined Penn State from Ohio University, where he was a faculty member and directed the MBA/Masters in Sports Administration program. Ohio University was ranked as “the #1 Graduate Sports Business Program in the World” by Sports Business International, in each of Boland’s two years there. He spent the prior 14 years at New York University. First, as founding faculty in its Masters in Sports Business program; later as Academic Chair of NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, a division serving more that 700 students and five degree programs. He also taught Sports Law at NYU Law School.

Boland also brings more than 20 years of legal experience to the role. He has been an administrative law judge in New York City, a confidential assistant to a State Supreme Court Justice and an assistant district attorney. For more than decade he was an active player agent negotiating more than 100 sports contracts and endorsement agreements. He has also advised a range of boutique clients including pro franchise purchase groups, pro teams, universities and conferences.

Boland earned varsity letters in football and wrestling at Columbia University. After graduation, he worked in collegiate athletics at Columbia and the University of Tennessee, before attending law school at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

Twitter – @RobertBolandESQ
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Ken Shropshire

Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School


Kenneth L. Shropshire specializes in the subject areas of sports business, negotiations, diversity, and general business law. Wharton Professor Emeritus and CEO of the Global Sport Institute, he is also president of the largest organization of attorneys in the sports business, the Sports Lawyers Association. Shropshire’s past consulting roles have included a wide variety of projects including work for the NCAA, National Football League, the United States Olympic Committee, negotiation training for IBM, Clorox, Fannie Mae and Major League Baseball and diversity training for entering Wharton School MBA students. He was previously the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He is the author of several books, the most recent being Sport Matters: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports.


Twitter- @kenshropshire

Personal Site- http://www.kennethshropshire.com/about/
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John Paul MacDuffie

Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management


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

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Paul Eisenstein

Publisher and Editor


Paul A. Eisenstein is publisher of The Detroit Bureau. He has more than 30 years of experience covering the auto industry for a broad range of print, broadcast, and electronic media. The Detroit Bureau is an online source of news, reviews, spy shots, commentary and features about the auto industry.

Twitter – @DetroitBureau
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