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Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson

Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Studies, Lynchburg College

Education and Experience
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Robinson earned a BA in radio-television-film and a BS in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1991, an MA in telecommunications from Indiana University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University in 2000.

Teaching Areas
Dr. Michael Robinson specializes in popular culture and communications. He regularly teaches “Media and Culture,” “Introduction to Film,” “Media Criticism,” “Culture Industries, Audiences, and the Superhero,” and “Cultural Impact of Popular Media.” He also teaches colloquia for the Westover Honors Program (“Jumping the Pond: British Text, American Context” and “Big Universe, Small Screen: Science Fiction Television and Popular Culture”).

Scholarly Interests
His scholarly interests include audience research, genre studies, science fiction, comic books and superheroes, media history, and criticism. In “The Nerd Factor,” h(Show Full Bio)is weekly column for the student paper, The Critograph, Dr. Robinson regularly exorcises his popular culture demons by exploring popular culture topics, usually in a humorous vein. He also contributes to coverage about popular culture for both local and national media.

Personal Information
Dr. Robinson enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, daughter, and son. He constantly struggles to keep up with a mass of recorded television shows. Doctor Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are his favorite shows. He also regularly battles a giant, constantly growing a pile of unread comic books. He enjoys weekly HeroClix tournaments, where the Avengers are his favorite team to play.

Episode: 2/19/2018 @10:40 AM

Dr. Stephen Klasko MD, MBA
Dr. Stephen Klasko MD, MBA

President & CEO
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System

As the President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., M.B.A., is bridging the art and science of medicine and healthcare information technology with twenty-first century business and administrative changes through a unique background of academic and administrative medicine, entrepreneurial clinical practice, and business and leadership training.

He has championed transformation of American health care as university president, dean of two medical colleges, and CEO of three academic health centers. He is author of 2016’s We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of “Healthcare Transformation.”

Dr. Klasko completed a grant after receiving his MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania on selecting and educating physicians to be leaders of change. His entrepreneurial spirit helped one university he led to be in the top ten in the world for obtaining US patent(Show Full Bio)s. His unique educational program called SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Education, Collaborative Training) is recognized for its focus on choosing medical students based on emotional intelligence and leadership potential.

He also led an effort to partner with the country’s largest retirement community (The Villages) to create “America’s healthiest hometown,” an innovative primary-care-driven, patient-centric, Medicare based accountable care model. He also spearheaded the effort to create a public-private partnership entitled PaperFree Florida, a job creation and healthcare transformation model which engages “electronic healthcare ambassadors” to transform healthcare in the ten-county area surrounding USF. Dr. Klasko’s research and experience led to his 1999 book: The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine. His new book, We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, posits a future with “twelve disruptors of the demise of the old healthcare.” He has been an international speaker on changing the DNA of health care through physician leadership.

He serves on the corporate board and audit committee of Teleflex (TFX: NYSE), a multi-billion dollar healthcare solutions corporation. He also serves on the board of Lehigh University, the Emory University/Georgia Tech Innovation advisory board, and the Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

Twitter - @sklasko | @TJUHospital

Episodes: 2/16/2018 @11:00 AM, 12/26/2017 @11:00 AM, 8/2/2017 @11:00 AM, 6/28/2016 @11:30 AM, 12/3/2015 @11:00 AM, 8/13/2015 @11:00 AM, 3/17/2015 @11:00 AM, 12/10/2014 @10:00 AM

Dr. Andrea Matwyshyn
Dr. Andrea Matwyshyn

Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science
Northeastern University

Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on technology and innovation, particularly information security and consumer privacy law and policy.

Professor Matwyshyn is a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award recipient in 2016-2017, collaborating with the University of Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. She is a (tenured full) professor of law / professor of computer science (by courtesy) at Northeastern University, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor during 2014-15.

She has worked in both the public and the private sector. In 2014, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor/ Academic in Residence at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As public service, she has testified in Congress on issues of information security r(Show Full Bio)egulation, and she maintains ongoing policy engagement. Prior to entering the academy, she was a corporate attorney in private practice, focusing her work on technology transactions. She continues to maintain collaborative technology industry relationships.

Professor Matwyshyn has previously held primary appointments in University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has also held visiting appointments or affiliations at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business and University of Notre Dame.

Twitter - @amatwyshyn | @Northeastern

Episodes: 2/16/2018 @10:00 AM, 2/5/2018 @10:30 AM, 1/17/2018 @10:00 AM, 11/29/2017 @11:00 AM, 11/6/2017 @10:00 AM, 10/20/2017 @10:00 AM, 8/22/2017 @10:30 AM, 8/8/2017 @11:30 AM, 7/18/2017 @10:30 AM, 5/15/2017 @11:00 AM, 4/10/2017 @10:00 AM, 3/20/2017 @11:30 AM, 2/21/2017 @10:00 AM, 12/19/2016 @10:00 AM, 11/16/2016 @11:00 AM, 9/26/2016 @10:00 AM, 7/12/2016 @11:00 AM, 6/21/2016 @11:00 AM, 3/2/2016 @10:00 AM, 2/8/2016 @11:00 AM, 12/7/2015 @11:00 AM, 9/30/2015 @10:00 AM, 6/24/2015 @11:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @11:30 AM, 5/11/2015 @10:00 AM, 3/11/2015 @10:30 AM, 2/17/2015 @10:30 AM, 1/14/2015 @10:00 AM, 12/19/2014 @10:00 AM, 12/10/2014 @10:00 AM

Zubair Shafiq
Zubair Shafiq

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
The University of Iowa

I am interested in measurement and modeling of computer systems. I conduct measurements of Internet-scale networked systems, analyze data to draw insights, use machine learning and statistical tools to model them, and design new approaches to improve their performance, security, and privacy.

Twitter - @zubair_shafiq | @uiowa

Episode: 2/16/2018 @10:00 AM

David Betancourt
David Betancourt

The Washington Post

David writes about all aspects of comic book culture for The Post's Comic Riffs blog.

Episode: 2/16/2018 @10:30 AM

Megan Voeller
Megan Voeller

Director of Humanities
Thomas Jefferson University

Megan Voeller is a curator, educator and art critic based in Philadelphia, where she serves as Director of Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University. Previously she worked as Curator and Art In Health Program Director at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, where she conceived and implemented exhibitions and interdisciplinary educational programs including a series of observation training workshops for students in healthcare. As Visual Art Critic for the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing, she wrote more than 250 exhibition reviews and feature stories over a decade and has been a regular contributor to other publications. She is a former co-host and freelance producer for WEDU Arts Plus, a public television program produced by Central Florida PBS affiliate WEDU. Voeller holds a BA in studio art from Williams College, an MA in media studies from the New School and an MA in art history from the University of South Florida.

Episode: 2/16/2018 @11:00 AM

Joseph Califano Jr.
Joseph Califano Jr.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

Mr. Joseph A. Califano Jr., also known as Joe, Founded The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in 1992 and served as its President from 1992 to February 2010. Mr. Califano was Senior Partner of the law firm Dewey Ballantine from 1983 to 1992. He has a long and distinguished record of public service. He served as the Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1977 to 1979. He served as Special Assistant for Domestic Affairs to the President of the United States from 1965 to 1969. He was a top aide to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara during the Kennedy Administration. He served at PlanVista Corp. He served in government service until 1979. He has been the Chairman Emeritus at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University since February 1, 2012 and served as its Chairman from 1992 to February 1, 2012. Mr. Califano has been a Director at Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company since(Show Full Bio) April 21, 2004 and True North Communications, Inc. since May 1999. He has been an Independent Director of CBS Corporation since 2003. He has been a Director of Willis Canada, Inc. since April 21, 2004. He serves as a Director at Health Plan Services, Inc., Kmart Corporation, Travelers Group Inc. and The Warnaco Group, Inc. Mr. Califano served as a Director of Authentic Fitness Corp. since November 1993. He served as an Independent Director of Midway Games Inc. from June 2004 to August 19, 2009 and Viacom, Inc. since 2003. He served as a Director of Old Carco LLC since 1981. He served as a Director of Automatic Data Processing Inc., from 1982 to August 11, 2005. He is a Founding Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Califano serves as an Emeritus Trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He serves as a Trustee of New York University and the Twentieth Century Fund, The Urban Institute, The American Ditchley Foundation and The New York and Presbyterian Hospital. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was Adjunct Professor of public health at Columbia University's Medical School and School of Public Health. He is the author of ten books. Mr. Califano received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of the Holy Cross and his LLB from the Harvard Law School, magna cum laude.

Episode: 2/16/2018 @11:30 AM

Lisa D. Cook Ph.D.
Lisa D. Cook Ph.D.

Associate Professor Economics and International Relations
Michigan State Univerisity

Dr. Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Economics and in International Relations (James Madison College) at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was Deputy Director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development, Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report, and contributed to the Making Markets Work program at Harvard Business School. She was also a National Fellow at Stanford University.

Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets. Dr. Cook is the author of a n(Show Full Bio)umber of published articles, book chapters, and working papers, and her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Harvard Business School, the Economic History Association, and the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, among others. Based on her research, she was appointed in 2013 to the Advisory Boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

With former colleague and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she advised the governments of Nigeria and Rwanda, and, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department from 2000 to 2001 and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was on leave at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In February 2015, she began serving as the president of the National Economic Association. She is a guest columnist for the Detroit Free Press and a regular contributor on MSNBC. She speaks English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof.

Twitter - @drlisadcook | @michiganstateu

Episodes: 2/15/2018 @10:00 AM, 12/14/2017 @10:30 AM, 12/8/2017 @10:00 AM, 10/17/2017 @10:00 AM, 8/17/2017 @10:00 AM, 7/17/2017 @10:00 AM, 6/21/2017 @11:00 AM, 6/16/2017 @10:00 AM, 3/21/2017 @10:00 AM, 2/15/2017 @10:00 AM, 1/20/2017 @10:00 AM, 12/1/2016 @10:00 AM, 10/18/2016 @11:00 AM, 9/22/2016 @10:00 AM, 9/12/2016 @10:00 AM, 7/21/2015 @10:30 AM

Kimberly Burham
Kimberly Burham

Managing Director of Legislation and Special Projects
The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM)

Kimberly Burham focuses on the development, presentation, and communications strategy of The Penn Wharton Budget Model as well as tracking policy options and writing whitepapers. Her prior research includes work on pensions, retirement savings, retirement preparation, investor demographics and behavior, Social Security claiming behavior, and expenditures by the aged. Prior to coming to Penn, Burham worked as an economist in the retirement and investor research division at the Investment Company Institute and as an economist in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics at the Social Security Administration. Burham is a graduate of Hastings College and holds a PhD. in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Episodes: 2/15/2018 @10:30 AM, 11/3/2017 @10:00 AM, 9/28/2017 @10:00 AM, 8/21/2017 @10:30 AM, 6/5/2017 @11:30 AM

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright

Professor of Economics
Johns Hopkins University

The majority of my research is focused on econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and empirical finance, but my interests span a wide range of topics, including forecasting in a data-rich environment, the high-frequency effects of news announcements, term structure analysis and the econometrics of weak identification.

Episode: 2/15/2018 @10:00 AM

Zach Pelka
Zach Pelka

Co-Founder and CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Paytronage, a venture-backed platform connecting institutional lenders to students interested in taking out a student-friendly alternative to traditional loans, known as an income share agreement, whereby students receive an upfront capital investment in exchange for a set percentage of their income for a fixed period of time.

Paytronage is launching at the University of Pennsylvania where market surveys have indicated that over 60% of students ISAs to student loans, citing 'increased flexibility', 'alignment of goals', and 'career insurance' as the deciding factors.

I've previously worked at the intersection of technology entrepreneurship and finance at Trage Group, PJT Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures, Charles Schwab, Merchants of Beverage, and LPS Integration.

I graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where I studied OIDD (Operations, Information, and Decisions) and Finance.

Episode: 2/15/2018 @11:00 AM

Connor Swofford
Connor Swofford

COO and Co-Founder

Currently the COO and Co-Founder of Paytronage, a revolutionary fintech platform that seeks to create a marketplace for income share agreements (ISAs), offering students the chance to match with sources of institutional capital as a substitute to traditional student loans.

Previously, a Senior Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney | Recent graduate of The Wharton School magna cum laude with concentrations in Management and Operations & Information Management.

Passionate about all things related to tech, organizational behavior, health, and education.

Episode: 2/15/2018 @11:00 AM

Virginia Eubanks
Virginia Eubanks

Associate Professor of Political Science
University at Albany, SUNY

Virginia Eubanks is Associate Professor of Women's Studies. She joined the Department in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She came to her research on technology, poverty and women's citizenship through a history of activism in community media and technology center movements. She is currently engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation-funded research project exploring the citizenship effects of welfare administration technologies on clients and frontline caseworkers in New York State. She is also working (with Alethia Jones) on an edited volume of interviews and conversations with Barbara Smith, a pioneer of Black feminism and Albany Common Council member, which will be published by SUNY Press in 2013. Eubanks teaches courses in public policy, research methodology, and feminist science and technology studies.

Episode: 2/15/2018 @11:30 AM

Kent Smetters
Kent Smetters

Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
The Wharton School

Kent Smetters is the Boettner Chair Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Besides being a professor in Business Economics and Public Policy, he is also professor of Insurance and Risk Management as well as a faculty member in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science at Penn. His research focuses on applied theory, fiscal policy, risk measurement, insurance, health care, and personal finance. Previous policy positions include the Congressional Budget Office (1995 to 1998) as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Economic Policy) for the United States Treasury (2001-2002). He and his coauthor recently won the 2016 TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for their study on annuitization. He is the host of “Your Money,” a weekly personal finance radio show on SiriusXM 111 (Business Radio) as well as a monthly contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He occasionally provides support on meaningful legal (Show Full Bio)cases related to medical malpractice, ERISA, insurance, financial advice and securities offerings. Kent Smetters received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Twitter - @kentsmetters

Episodes: 2/14/2018 @10:00 AM, 12/13/2017 @10:00 AM, 8/9/2017 @10:00 AM, 2/8/2017 @11:30 AM, 8/23/2016 @10:00 AM, 7/26/2016 @10:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @10:30 AM, 1/14/2016 @11:00 AM, 2/26/2015 @10:00 AM

Wayne Kimmel
Wayne Kimmel

Managing Partner
SeventySix Capital

Wayne Kimmel wasn’t always a venture capitalist, investing in game-changing companies alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Case and Mark Cuban. He was once a 29-year-old law school graduate with no connections who obsessively networked his way to success. Wayne Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, tireless networker, keynote speaker and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.

Wayne has been named a Top Innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100 list.

Wayne has invested in over 50 startup technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems and Nutrisystem. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!

His partners at SeventySix Capital are Jon Powell, CEO of Kravco Company LLC, a leading real estate company that developed the King of Prussia Mall, and (Show Full Bio)Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball National League MVP and 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Wayne, Jon and Ryan are also a partners in Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency with clients including, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and Lolo Jones, MLB legend Cal Ripken, Jr., and NFL stars Greg Olsen, DeMarco Murray, and Emmanuel Sanders.

He is on the Board of Einstein Healthcare Network and was on the Board of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Wayne is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about Philly’s pro sports teams and about working to make the world a better place.

Twitter - @waynekimmel | @76Capital

Episode: 2/14/2018 @11:30 AM

Ludovica Cesareo
Ludovica Cesareo

Research Fellow in Marketing
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Guest Bio: Ludovica is a post-doctoral research fellow in marketing. Her research examines the moral and psychological underpinnings of moral and ethical decision-making in regards to different contexts and product categories. One stream of research explores the emotional and cognitive implications of consumer purchases in morally dubious situations (from counterfeited and pirated goods, to fair trade, to blood diamonds). A second stream of research investigates the emotional and moral implications of warm-glow giving in relation to individuals’ self-identities. Ludovica has also studied electronic word-of-mouth (WOM) transmissions and destination marketing.

Ludovica obtained her Ph.D. in Business Management from the Management Department of the Faculty of Economics at Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy) [Dissertation: “Exploring the counterfeiting and piracy phenomena through insights into demand and offer”]. During the final year of the program she was a visiting scholar at V(Show Full Bio)illanova School of Business, Villanova University, PA (USA).

Episodes: 2/14/2018 @11:00 AM, 1/22/2018 @11:00 AM

Alan Auerbach
Alan Auerbach

Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law; Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance
University of California, Berkeley

Alan J. Auerbach is the Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, and former Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and previously taught at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Economics Department Chair. Professor Auerbach was Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in 1992 and has been a consultant to several government agencies and institutions in the United States and abroad. He served as an Executive Committee Member and Vice President of the American Economic Association, as Editor of that association’s Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and as President of the National Tax Association, from which he received the Daniel M. Holland Medal in 2011. Professor Auerbach is a Fellow of the American Acade(Show Full Bio)my of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Twitter - @berkeleyecon

Episodes: 2/14/2018 @10:00 AM, 2/9/2018 @10:00 AM, 1/26/2018 @10:30 AM, 12/4/2017 @10:00 AM, 11/3/2017 @10:00 AM, 9/28/2017 @10:00 AM

David Kamin
David Kamin

Professor; Former Advisor to US Office of Management and Budget under the Obama Administration
New York University School of Law

David Kamin is Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

His scholarship focuses on budget and tax policy. He has written on a range of areas including retirement security, taxation of capital, budget sustainability, and budget process.

Prior to joining NYU in 2012, Kamin worked in President Obama's administration. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House. There, Kamin helped to coordinate administration policy on federal tax and budget issues and also other areas including unemployment insurance, infrastructure, and the postal service. Prior to serving as Special Assistant to the President, Kamin worked as special assistant, and later adviser, to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, helping to formulate policy for President Obama’s first two budgets.

Before attending law school, Kamin also spent a year working on federal fiscal policy at the Committee for Economic Develo(Show Full Bio)pment, and two years at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on deficit projections, tax legislation and social security reform.

Kamin earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, with highest honors, from Swarthmore College, where he was the commencement speaker in 2002. In 2009, He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law.

Episodes: 2/14/2018 @10:00 AM, 12/13/2017 @10:00 AM, 9/28/2017 @10:00 AM, 4/28/2017 @10:00 AM

Jeremy Bailenson
Jeremy Bailenson

Professor of Communication; Founder
Stanford University; Virtual Human Interaction Lab

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. He earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.

Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual Reality (VR), in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how VR can transform educa(Show Full Bio)tion, environmental conservation, empathy, and health.

He has published more than 100 academic papers, in interdisciplinary journals such as Science and PLoS One, as well domain-specific journals in the fields of communication, computer science, education, environmental science, law, marketing, medicine, political science, and psychology. His work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for 15 years, and he receives grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, various nonprofit foundations, and corporations based in Silicon Valley and abroad. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford.

Bailenson consults pro bono on VR policy for government agencies including the State Department, the US Senate, Congress, the California Supreme Court, the Federal Communication Committee, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health. His book Infinite Reality, co-authored with Jim Blascovich, was quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court outlining the effects of immersive media.

He has written opinion pieces for The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, National Geographic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has produced three VR documentary experiences which were official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. His new book, “Experience on Demand” was published by Norton in January.

Episode: 2/14/2018 @10:30 AM

Deborah Gerhardt
Deborah Gerhardt

Associate Professor
UNC School of Law

Deborah R. Gerhardt is an Associate Professor at the UNC School of Law. She specializes in the intersection of law and creativity and has written leading articles in trademark and copyright law, art law, false advertising, and plagiarism. With West Publishing, Professor Gerhardt recently co-authored its first bridge to practice contracts text. She received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support research to clarify whether art and historical documents are protected by copyright or in the public domain.

In 2015, Professor Gerhardt was invited to participate in the Chancellor's Faculty Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, where she led her team to win the pitch competition. Also, in 2015, she was selected by the Advertising Educational Foundation for a fellowship in its Visiting Professor Program where she is the first person J. Walter Thompson, the world's largest advertising agency, sponsored for a fellowship.

Professor Gerhardt teaches Arts Entrepreneurship, Art L(Show Full Bio)aw, Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Contracts and a practical writing seminar on intellectual property strategies and transactions. She secured UNC a slot in the USPTO's pilot clinical program and led the effort to launch Carolina's Intellectual Property Clinic where she has taught students practical skills while providing pro bono counsel to artists, musicians, and small businesses.

Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Deborah Gerhardt clerked for the Honorable Judge John M. Manos in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and practiced at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland. She earned her A.B. degree from Duke University and her J.D. degree cum laude from Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Episode: 2/14/2018 @11:00 AM

Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard

Partner; Former Philadelphia Phillies Player
SeventySix Capital

Ryan Howard is a world-class, championship professional baseball player. Ryan was the Major League Baseball 2005 Rookie of the Year, the 2006 National League MVP, a 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, and the fastest player to reach both the 100 & 200 home run milestones in Major League Baseball history. He is recognized as one of the all-time great home run hitters and is known as a great teammate, friend and mentor by his peers, both on the field and in business. Ryan has made a number of successful investments and transitioned his knowledge, relationships and focus towards the consumer tech, retail, sports and wellness industries.

Howard has experience working with the CEOs of top brands which is critically important to the success of SeventySix Capital portfolio companies. Ryan has invested in several businesses, real estate projects and professional gaming team NRG Esports alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.<(Show Full Bio)br>
He joined SeventySix Capital as a partner with a strong business acumen and passion for investing. He is an author, active member of the community, and founder of The Big Piece Foundation. Ryan attended Missouri State University.

Twitter - @ryanhoward | @76Capital

Episode: 2/14/2018 @11:30 AM

Chris Bradley
Chris Bradley

Partner; Leader in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice
McKinsey & Company

Chris helps major institutions undergo strategic transformations to navigate large-scale shifts in their environment. He connects high-level conceptual thinking to practical shop-floor improvements. His client experience spans retail, mining, media, apparel, food and beverage, rail, and telecommunications. He developed McKinsey’s “Ten Timeless Tests of Strategy.”

He has deep expertise in retail, covering grocery, discount department stores, specialty apparel, hardware, and consumer electronics. He has driven major strategic repositioning in six retail banners and has extensive experience in commercial execution, from consumer positioning to vendor negotiations, deploying data and analytics to get real results. Outside of retail, Chris has over a decade of experience in mining, helping his clients navigate the resources boom in China. Recently, Chris has also helped a print-media client radically change its business model to adapt to its new environment—and remain a sustainable a(Show Full Bio)nd healthy company.

Chris is the global leader of the firm’s work in business-unit strategy, where he spearheads the development and modernization of McKinsey’s tools and capabilities for strategy development. His widely read research includes the Ten Timeless Tests of Strategy and the “Strategy Method.” He has conducted workshops with hundreds of strategy teams from around the globe, applying the ten tests to their strategies. Chris is also the joint-lead faculty of the strategy program in the McKinsey Academy, an online executive-education initiative launched recently.

Outside his client work, Chris has contributed influential thinking on making Australia’s economy better, including a McKinsey Global Institute study on productivity in Australia and a report with the Business Council of Australia on competitiveness.

Episode: 2/13/2018 @10:30 AM

Syd Kitson
Syd Kitson

Chairman & CEO; former NFL player
Kitson & Partners

Syd Kitson is Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of master-planned communities and commercial properties.

Kitson is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Kitson had a notable career in the National Football League, playing offensive guard for both the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Upon his retirement from professional football in 1985, he began his career in real estate and founded Kitson & Partners in 1999.

In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida, encompassing more than 91,000 acres – an area five times the size of the island of Manhattan. Over 80% of the original land purchase, some 73,000 acres within Charlotte and Lee counties, has been preserved by the State of Florida and Lee County, in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history.

Syd lectures at Pri(Show Full Bio)nceton University and has served on multiple civic, education and non-profit boards. In addition to his appointment as a member of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida, he is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100, as well as the current Chairman for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Episode: 2/13/2018 @11:00 AM

Etan Green
Etan Green

Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
The Wharton School

I study the expert judgment and decision making using field data. More information can be found at my personal website,

Episode: 2/13/2018 @11:30 AM

Ashton Anderson
Ashton Anderson

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
University of Toronto

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. I'm broadly interested in research that bridges the gap between computer science and the social sciences.

Episode: 2/13/2018 @11:30 AM