Recent Guests

Laura Perna
Laura Perna

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Laura W. Perna is James S. Riepe Professor and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also chair of the Higher Education Division of the Graduate School of Education, faculty fellow of the Institute for Urban Research, faculty affiliate of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, member of the advisory board for the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and member of the Social Welfare Graduate Group of the School of Social Policy and Practice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her master’s in public policy and Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan.

She has held leadership positions in the primary national associations in the field of higher education administration. She is currently President (2014-2015) of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and she served as Vice President (Show Full Bio)of the American Educational Research Association’s Division J (Postsecondary Education) from 2010 to 2013. She has also served on the editorial boards of leading journals including American Education Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Academe, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Women in Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education. She is the associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.

In 2003, Dr. Perna received the Promising Scholar/Early Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. In 2010, Penn honored her with Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2011, she received the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Penn Fellow, and the inaugural James S. Riepe Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Episodes: 4/21/2017 @10:00 AM, 11/3/2016 @10:00 AM, 9/8/2016 @11:30 AM, 5/5/2015 @11:30 AM, 1/12/2015 @10:00 AM

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski
Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

Associate Professor, Youth and Media Entertainment; Co-Author of "Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth"
University of Amsterdam

Dr. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski (Ph.D, 2010, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) is an Associate Professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She is the Director of the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM), the Program Group Leader for Youth & Media Entertainment at ASCoR, and the Program Director for the Master’s Degree Entertainment Communication at the Graduate School of Communication at UvA. She is also the incoming Chair of the Children, Adolescents, and the Media division of the International Communication Association.

Dr. Piotrowski’s research investigates how children process and comprehend media content, with specific attention to the potential cognitive and socio-emotional benefits of media. She is currently a co-investigator on the project, The Entertainization of Childhood, where she is investigating the longitudinal outcomes associated with healthy me(Show Full Bio)dia use on children’s development. She is also co-supervising a doctoral program looking at the educational potential of apps for young children. In her scholarship, she is particularly focused on understanding how young users process media content (cognitively, affectively, and physiologically) and the role of individual differences (dispositional, developmental, and social) in the selection and processing of media content.

Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Piotrowski worked as a Research Associate in the Media & the Developing Child research group at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. She also worked as a Research Fellow for the Children’s Media Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she directed several experimental investigations of children’s learning from television.

Dr. Piotrowski frequently speaks at academic and trade conferences on the role of media in the lives of young people today. Moreover, with a strong belief in forging the divide between academic scholarship and societal practice, Dr. Piotrowski often shares her work in higher education classrooms, at public policy organizations, at children’s media organizations, and with childcare providers both in the Netherlands and worldwide. She is the co-author of the forthcoming open access book Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth (Yale University Press, 2017), and regularly publishes in communication, psychology, and education journals.

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Episode: 4/21/2017 @10:30 AM

Greg Schneider
Greg Schneider

Executive Vice President
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

Gregory Schneider was appointed executive vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) in 2009. He joined the Claims Conference in 1995.

Mr. Schneider has overseen the creation and implementation of several Claims Conference individual compensation payment programs for Jewish victims of Nazism. Chief among these was the Program for Former Slave and Forced Laborers, which paid $1.6 billion to 173,000 Holocaust survivors in 87 countries, the result of distributing and processing applications in eight languages, working with hundreds of local organizations worldwide that assisted applicants, and helping document tens of thousands of claims that otherwise would have been deemed ineligible.

Mr. Schneider also oversaw the creation of Claims Conference programs to compensate victims of Nazi medical experiments, former refugees to Switzerland, survivors of the Nazi occupation of Budapest, and first-ever one-time payments to Nazi (Show Full Bio)victims in the former Soviet Union. He has overseen negotiations with the German government that have substantially liberalized eligibility criteria for compensation programs, fundamentally altering their contours and enabling tens of thousands of additional victims to receive payments.

Mr. Schneider guided the Claims Conference’s Institutional Allocations Program since its inception in 1995, facilitating its growth from $90 million allocated annually in 24 countries to the $400 million allocated for 2015 to benefit Nazi victims in 47 countries. He oversaw the preparation for negotiations with the German government that resulted in dramatic increases in its funding for homecare for Holocaust victims beginning in 2011. The growth of these allocations has enabled pioneering care for Nazi victims as they age and require more assistance.

Mr. Schneider received his BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and his MA in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University. He earned a Master’s of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. After working in the private sector for several years, Mr. Schneider joined the Claims Conference.

Episode: 4/21/2017 @11:00 AM

Gideon Taylor
Gideon Taylor

Chair of Operations
Jewish World Restitution Organization

Mr. Taylor commenced his career in Jewish communal service in 1990 at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), where, from 1994, he served as Assistant Executive Vice President. He directed rescue operations in Syria and Yemen and coordinated activities in Ethiopia. He assumed responsibility for property restitution and other programs in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. He also oversaw JDC’s International Development Program which implemented major disaster relief and development programs in Africa and Europe.

He went on to serve as Executive Vice President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) from 2000 to 2009. The Claims Conference is responsible for negotiations with Germany and Austria. He led numerous negotiations for Holocaust-era compensation as well as overseeing the distribution by the Claims Conference of funds averaging over $500 million each year during this period.

Negotiations in that (Show Full Bio)period included those leading to the establishment of the $5 billion German Foundation, “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future” which provided compensation for former slave and forced laborers. Other agreements were reached with the German and Austrian governments as well as with European banks and companies. Mr. Taylor also oversaw the recovery of unclaimed Jewish property in the former East Germany.

From 2009 to 2012 he served as the JDC as Chief Operating Officer, Program & Budget where he managed the global program and budget of the organization and also oversaw board relations and government relations.

In 2012, he assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Earle W. Kazis Associates, a commercial real estate development and management company.

In 2013, in a lay capacity, he became Chair of Operations of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO). The WJRO is the representative of world Jewry in pursuing claims for the recovery of Jewish properties seized during the Holocaust in countries other than Germany and Austria.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Mr. Taylor is a law graduate of Trinity College in Dublin and received his master’s degree in law from Oxford University. He is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Episode: 4/21/2017 @11:00 AM

David Slusky
David Slusky

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
University of Kansas

I'm an applied microeconomist.

My research is on health economics, labor economics, and public policy.

At the University of Kansas, I'm affiliated with the Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

Twitter - @DavidSlusky

Episode: 4/21/2017 @11:30 AM

Donna Ginther
Donna Ginther

Professor, Economics; Director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy, Institute for Policy & Social Research
University of Kansas

Donna Ginther is a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the University of Kansas faculty, she was a research economist and associate policy adviser in the regional group of the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2000 to 2002, and taught at Washington University from 1997 to 2000 and Southern Methodist University from 1995 to 1997. Her major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children's educational attainments.

Dr. Ginther has published in several journals, including Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Demography, and the Papers and Proceedings of the American Economic Association. She has also received research funding from the National Scien(Show Full Bio)ce Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Her research has been featured in several media outlets including the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and the Boston Globe.

Dr. Ginther has advised the National Academies of Science, the National Institutes of Health, and the Sloan Foundation on the diversity and future of the scientific workforce. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association and was formerly on the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association.

A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Ginther received her doctorate in economics in 1995, master's degree in economics in 1991, and bachelor of arts in economics in 1987, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Episode: 4/21/2017 @11:30 AM

R. Polk Wagner
R. Polk Wagner

Intellectual Property Professor
Penn Law

Polk Wagner focuses his research and teaching in intellectual property law and policy, with a special interest in patent law. He has written over 20 articles on topics ranging from an empirical analysis of judicial decision-making in the patent law to the First Amendment status of software programs. His work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among several others. He is the author (with Professor Craig Nard) of Patent Law:Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2008). He is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics worldwide.

Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty in 2000, Wagner served as a clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He holds degrees from Stanford Law School, the University of Michigan, the College of Charleston, and was the 1994-95 Roger M. Jones Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Twitter - @ProfPolkWagner

Episodes: 4/20/2017 @10:00 AM, 4/14/2017 @10:00 AM, 12/16/2016 @11:00 AM, 11/17/2016 @11:00 AM, 5/29/2015 @11:00 AM, 3/25/2015 @11:00 AM, 3/2/2015 @11:00 AM

James Runde
James Runde

Author of "Unequaled: Tips for Building a Successful Career through Emotional Intelligence"

James A. Runde is a trusted adviser to a number of the world’s leading companies, both as an investment banker and as an independent corporate director. He is the longest-serving investment banker at a single U.S. firm, having spent over 40 years at Morgan Stanley., where he was appointed vice chairman.

Jim is a director of the Kroger Company, the large national grocery chain, and previously served as a director of Burlington Resources, a large energy exploration and production company. He is also a trustee of the Morgan Library in New York City and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jim is well known for his role advising UPS on its famous and difficult decision to go public. In addition to his client-facing roles, Jim was asked if he could educate other bankers about emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), trust-based client relationships, and other soft skills. It wasn’t long before Jim’s presentations went global, became oversubscribed, and were sought out by(Show Full Bio) professional services firms as well.

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Episodes: 4/20/2017 @10:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @10:30 AM

Jen Gefsky
Jen Gefsky


"I’m a self-described worker bee who believes gender equality is actually possible. Things that make me happy: a great pair of shoes; a glass of wine with friends; and my family. Things that piss me off: cruelty of any kind; the pressure on our teenage girls to sexualize themselves on social media; and a woman who doesn’t believe in herself. (The list is actually much longer.) I am on a mission to empower women by helping them get back in the workforce—my motto is “don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid to not try.” "

Episodes: 4/20/2017 @11:00 AM, 11/10/2016 @11:00 AM

Joe Starita
Joe Starita

Professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Nebraska

Joe Starita is a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. For the past 10 years, he has taught many of the college's depth reporting classes - classes designed to give students the skills to probe deeply into a focused topic while also providing some international reporting opportunities. To that end, he has taken groups of students to Cuba, France and Sri Lanka. Closer to home, he has co-taught a depth reporting class that exhaustively examined the pros and cons of corn-based ethanol and a legislative attempt to significantly strengthen state immigration laws. His classes also have produced two depth reports focused on Native American women.

Before joining the journalism faculty in 2000, Starita spent 13 years at the Miami Herald and served as the paper's New York bureau chief from 1983-1987. He also spent four years on the Herald's Investigations Team, where he specialized in stories exposing unethical doctors and lawyers. One of those stories, an articl(Show Full Bio)e examining how impoverished and illiterate Haitians were being used to extort insurance companies into settling bogus auto claims, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in local reporting.

Interested in American Indian history and culture since his youth, Starita returned to his native Nebraska in 1992 and began work on a three-year book project about five generations of an Indian family. "The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge - A Lakota Odyssey" was published in 1995 by G.P. Putnam and Sons (New York), has been translated into six foreign languages and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2009, St. Martin's Press published Starita's "I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice," a book on the life and death of Standing Bear, the Ponca chief who, in 1879, unwittingly ended up in the crosshairs of a landmark legal case. That book was the One Book-One Lincoln selection for 2011 and the One Book One Nebraska pick for 2012. In July 2011, Starita received the Leo Reano Award, a national civil rights award, from the National Education Association for his work with the Native American community.

Episodes: 4/20/2017 @11:30 AM, 11/16/2016 @11:30 AM

Eric Priest
Eric Priest

Associate Professor; Faculty Director, LL.M. Program
University of Oregon School of Law

Eric Priest researches in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on copyright law in the information age and creative industry ecosystems in the U.S. and China. Professor Priest currently serves on the U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue, organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Renmin University in China. The Dialogue is a multi-round interchange between U.S. and Chinese experts on the most challenging intellectual property issues facing China. The National Committee on U.S.–China Relations named Professor Priest a 2014–2016 Public Intellectuals Program Fellow. From 2006–2007, he was a fellow in residence at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Before entering the law field, Professor Priest spent a decade as a music producer and songwriter with a couple of gold and platinum credits by obscure European artists. Since 1999, he has worked sporadically in the Chinese music industry as a consultant, Web entrepreneur, songwriter, and producer. Most recently, h(Show Full Bio)e wrote and produced the theme song for the Chinese television drama "Emotional Barcelona" (??????).

Professor Priest's recent scholarship includes "Copyright and Free Expression in China's Film Industry" (Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, and Entertainment Law Journal, 2015); “Acupressure: The Emerging Role of Market Ordering in Global Copyright Enforcement” (SMU Law Review, 2015); and “Copyright Extremophiles: Do Creative Industries Thrive or Just Survive in China’s High-Piracy Environment?” (Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 2014).

Professor Priest holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law (where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Chicago Kent Law Review), and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Episodes: 4/20/2017 @10:00 AM, 11/22/2016 @11:00 AM

Richard Florida
Richard Florida

University Professor; Director of Cities, Martin Prosperity Institute; Author of "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation and Failing the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It"
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists.

He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, a Distinguished Fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a Visiting Fellow at Florida International University.

He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning The Rise of the Creative Class and his most recent book, The New Urban Crisis published in April 2017. He serves as senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for CityLab.
He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.

A 2013 MIT study named him the world’s most influential thought leader. And TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

He previously (Show Full Bio)taught at Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State University, and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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Episode: 4/19/2017 @11:00 AM

Erik Jones
Erik Jones

Director of European and Uraisan Studies
Johns Hopkins University

Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular (Show Full Bio)focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years; he is married with three children.

Episodes: 4/19/2017 @10:00 AM, 2/3/2017 @10:00 AM, 11/2/2016 @10:00 AM, 9/6/2016 @10:00 AM, 4/27/2016 @10:00 AM

Michelle Egan
Michelle Egan

Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center
American University

Michelle Egan is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam in the School of International Service, American University. She is the author of the recently published book Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States (Oxford, 2015).

She is past Chair of EUSA, the European Union Studies Association, the largest professional association focusing on European integration and has received a number of fellowships from Bosch Foundation, German Marshall Fund, Howard Foundation, and European University Institute for her research activities. She is a member of Transworld, a multi- institution project on Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance. Her work focuses on comparative regionalism, trade politics, and global governance.

Major Publications
-Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States (Oxford University Press, 2015)
-‘Compliance in the Single Market’ with Helena Guimaries Business and Politics, April 2013 Volume 14, Is(Show Full Bio)sue 4: 1–28
-Research Agendas in EU Studies: Stalking the elephant with Neill Nuen and William Patterson Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

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Episodes: 4/19/2017 @10:00 AM, 3/17/2017 @10:00 AM, 1/25/2017 @10:30 AM, 1/18/2017 @10:00 AM, 11/8/2016 @10:00 AM, 10/4/2016 @10:00 AM

Ed "Skip" McLaughlin

Founder; Co-Author of "The Purpose is Profit"
Blue Sunset Development

Ed is the founder of four businesses and is currently running Blue Sunsets LLC, a real estate and angel investment firm. He bootstrapped his first business, United Systems Integrators (USI) Corporation, a corporate real estate outsourcing firm, and grew it into an Inc. 500 company. In 2001, Ed earned Entrepreneur of the Year honors from Ernst & Young. In 2005, he sold USI to Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company, and at that point, became CEO of JCI’s Global Workplace Business for the Americas. A member of the Board of Governors for Tufts Medical Center, Ed founded its David E. Wazer Breast Cancer Research Fund. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Episode: 4/19/2017 @10:30 AM

Wyn Lydecker
Wyn Lydecker

Founder; Co-Author "The Purpose is Profit"
Upstart Business Planning

Wyn is the founder of Upstart Business Planning, where she works with entrepreneurs to develop plans that answer the questions investors ask most often. Previously, she was Managing Director of Business Plans International in New York and Co-Director of the Small Business Resource Center at Norwalk Community College. Wyn has an MBA in finance and marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She serves on the board of a local nonprofit she helped found, At Home In Darien.

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Episode: 4/19/2017 @10:30 AM

Scott Sargrad
Scott Sargrad

Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy
the Center for AMerican Progress (CAP)

Scott Sargrad is the Managing Director of the K-12 Education Policy team at American Progress. In this role, he focuses on the areas of standards, assessments, school and district accountability systems, and school improvement.

Prior to joining American Progress, Sargrad served as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, where he had the primary responsibility for key K-12 education programs and initiatives, including the Title I program, Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility, and School Improvement Grants. He joined the department in 2009 as a presidential management fellow in the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and also worked as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. Previously, Sargrad taught mathematics, coached cross country and track and field, and was a special-educatio(Show Full Bio)n instructional assistant. He also worked on disability policy and taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sargrad received his undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in philosophy from Haverford College and a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Twitter - @scottsargrad | @amprog

Episode: 4/19/2017 @11:30 AM

Shannon Schuyler
Shannon Schuyler

Principal; Chief Purpose Officer, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer; President, The PwC Charitable Foundation Inc

Shannon is PwC’s Chief Purpose Officer, Corporate Responsibility (CR) Leader and President of The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. Shannon works with partners and staff across the firm to help people embrace Purpose, which focuses on how their skills and work can deliver value and results that build trust in society and solve important problems translating into greater impact for clients, stakeholders and each other.

Shannon is a highly accomplished expert in CR, social innovation and youth education, with extensive experience identifying and implementing corporate engagement strategies aligned to CR efforts. In addition to her work with PwC, Shannon has worked closely with the Department of Education on the importance of environmental literacy, and served as an advisor to the federal government on the role of business in enhancing a culture of service and fostering social innovation. She also serves as a managing editor for Huffington Post's What's Working initiative.

Nat(Show Full Bio)ionally, Shannon is an active board member of many organizations including The National Environmental Education Foundation and Leadership Greater Chicago. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for WAGE (Women and the Green Economy), Points of Light, and Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and The Conference Board Contributions Council.

Widely recognized as a leader in her field, Leadership Greater Chicago named Shannon its 2015 “Distinguished Fellow”, Chicago Business Journal named her a 2015 “Women of Influence,” Womenetics named her a POW! “Women of the Year” recipient, PR News named her “2013 CSR Professional of the Year,” and the Stevie Awards for Women in Business honored her as a “Female Executive of the Year – Business Services (2,500 or more employees).”

Twitter - @ShannonSchuyler |@PwCFoundation | #PrimedToPerform

Episodes: 4/18/2017 @11:30 AM, 3/20/2017 @11:00 AM, 6/29/2016 @11:00 AM, 2/10/2016 @11:00 AM, 10/27/2015 @11:00 AM, 3/6/2015 @10:00 AM

Nihat Bulent Gultekin
Nihat Bulent Gultekin

Associate Professor of Finance
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976; AM, University of Pennsylvania, 1975; MA, Bogazici University, 1974; BSc, Robert College, 1969

Recent Consulting
Senior privatization adviser to several governments and organizations on issues of privatization and economic reform. Governments include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Poland, Indonesia, Turkemenistan, and Turkey; organizations range from The World Bank and European Bank to the United Nations Development Program to the United States Agency for International Development as well as major international corporations

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards
WEMBA Program Teaching Award, 2003

Academic Positions Held
Wharton: 1981-present (Director, Emerging Economies Program, 1992-93; Co-Director, Weiss Center for International Financial Research, Wharton, 1990-93). Previous appointment: Dartmouth College. Visiting appointments: University of Chicago; Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey(Show Full Bio)

Other Positions
Governor, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, 1993; Chief Adviser, to the Ministry of Privatization, Poland, 1990-91, to the Prime Minister of Turkey, 1987-89, 1991; President, Housing Development and Public Participation Administration, Turkey, 1987-89; Director General for Research, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, 1986-87

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership 2005-2009

Trustee, Koc University Istanbul, Turkey, 1991-present; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sumerbank, Turkey; Trustee, American University in Bulgaria, 1995-present; Foundation for Privatization and Ownership Changes, Poland, 1990-present

Episodes: 4/18/2017 @10:00 AM, 7/21/2016 @11:00 AM

Dr. Mark Becker
Dr. Mark Becker

Georgia State University

Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in 2009, President Mark P. Becker has led Georgia State through a dynamic period of growth and advancement and put it on a trajectory to reshape itself and its region. Under his leadership, the university has pursued a 10-year strategic plan through which Georgia State has emerged as one of the nation’s leading higher education institutions.

Georgia State’s consolidation in 2016 with Georgia Perimeter College, a two-year institution with five campuses in metro Atlanta, raised its student population to more than 50,000 and made it the largest university in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation.

One of the most diverse universities in the U.S., Georgia State is a national model for student success, setting records for its graduation rates and the number of students it graduates, and leading the country in eliminating disparities in student achievement based on race, ethnicity and income. Und(Show Full Bio)er Dr. Becker's leadership, Georgia State has built a burgeoning research enterprise, growing sponsored research at more than twice the national rate. Through the rapid development of its campus and its engagement with civic and business leaders, the university has been recognized as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and the economic vitality of its region.

Adding to Georgia State's increasing national profile, Dr. Becker has fostered the development of NCAA Division 1 athletics. The university's intercollegiate teams have won six conference championships since rejoining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, and Georgia State’s football team made its first bowl appearance in 2015. With MLB’s Atlanta Braves’ decision to vacate Turner Field in downtown Atlanta, he led the university’s acquisition and renovation of the stadium that became the home for Georgia State football in 2017.

Episode: 4/18/2017 @11:00 AM

Michael Tipsord
Michael Tipsord

Chariman, President, CEO
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Companies

Michael L. Tipsord is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. State Farm® and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States.

Nearly 19,000 agents and 70,000 employees live the State Farm mission to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

Alongside the State Farm senior executive leadership team, Michael is driving State Farm to demonstrate unsurpassed value to customers and grow the business in an expanding, evolving and increasingly complex marketplace.

Michael was elected chief executive officer in Sept. 2015, and president earlier the same year. He was elected chairman of the board of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in June 2016.

Michael began his State Farm career in 1988 and has served in a number of leadership roles including vice chairman of the board, chi(Show Full Bio)ef operating officer and chief financial officer.

A native of Illinois, Michael received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., and a law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter® (CPCU) designation in 1995, the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU) designation in 1991, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Michael is chairman-elect of the Financial Services Roundtable's board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors for Navigant Consulting, Inc. He is a trustee of the Brookings Institution and is a member of the dean’s advisory board for the University of Illinois College of Law. Michael is also a member of the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.

Episode: 4/18/2017 @11:00 AM

Steve Stoute
Steve Stoute

Founder, CEO

Steve Stoute is the Founder and CEO of the innovative and industry-leading marketing firm Translation. Steve founded Translation in 2004, with the belief that Fortune 500 companies were missing an opportunity to create a deeper connection with consumers—a connection rooted in the idea that a consumer’s demographic is less important than their psychographic.

Geared with that understanding, Steve has become a premier innovator in contemporary brand marketing. For more than a decade, he has worked to identify and activate a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands like State Farm, Jeep, Apple Music, National Basketball Association, and the National Football League—helping them thrive in the changing cultural landscape.
Steve was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2014 and named Executive of the Year by Advertising Age in 2013. In 2009, the American Advertising Federation inducted Steve into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.(Show Full Bio)

In 2011, Stoute added author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his critically acclaimed book, The Tanning of America. In this NY Times Best Seller, Steve builds on his philosophy of a global shift towards a “shared mental complexion,” by teaching corporate America how to understand and engage with today’s young adult market. Since its publication, the book has been made into a four-part VH1 documentary, “The Tanning of America” which aired in February 2014, and an audiobook narrated by Kerry Washington, which was released in April 2014.

Steve has been the keynote or featured speaker at many noted conferences including the NBA All-Star Tech Summit, the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), and Google Zeitgeist. He has also appeared on the main stage at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2013 and 2014.

As a thought-leader in culture and marketing, Steve has been invited to share his views on a number of television programs such as The Today Show, Nightline and Morning Joe, as well as in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and Fast Company.

Before founding Translation, Steve spent ten years as a senior executive at a series of leading music labels – first at Sony Music Entertainment and later as Executive Vice President of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. During his time at Sony, Steve produced albums for Mariah Carey and Nas. At Interscope, Steve led the production efforts for albums by Gwen Stefani, Enrique Iglesias, and Eminem. He also executive produced the Academy Award–winning 8 Mile film and soundtrack with Jimmy Iovine and Brian Grazer, and was honored with an American Music Award.

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Episode: 4/18/2017 @11:00 AM

Steven A. Cook
Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies; Author of "False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East"
the Council on Foreign Relations

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. His new book, False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Cook has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. He also currently writes the blog From the Potomac to the Euphrates.

Prior to joining CFR, Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–2002) and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (19(Show Full Bio)95–1996).

Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.

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Episode: 4/18/2017 @10:00 AM

TR Reid
TR Reid

Correspondent; Commentator for NPR
The Washington Post

T. R. Reid has become one of the nation's best-known reporters through his books and articles, his documentary films, his reporting for the Washington Post, and his light-hearted commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition.

T. R. Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University and subsequently worked as a Naval officer during the Vietnam War, a lawyer, a teacher, and assorted other jobs. At The Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns. He served as the paper's bureau chief in Tokyo and London. Reid has reported from 4 dozen countries on five continents.

T. R. Reid has written ten books in English and three in Japanese, and translated one book from the Japanese. His 2009 book "The Healing of America" became a national best-seller. PBS Frontline made two documentaries, "Sick Around the World" and "India--A Second Opinion" following Reid as he did the reporting for that book. Reid wrote a chapter of the recent Japanese best-seller "Nippon no Mirai ni(Show Full Bio) tsuite."

T. R. Reid's newest book: "A Fine Mess -- A Global Quest for a Fairer, Simpler, and More Efficient Tax Code" will be published in April, 2017. It suggest what the U.S. should and should not do as Congress embarks on a major effort at reforming our rotten federal tax system.

T. R. Reid has made documentary films for National Geographic Television, PBS, and the A&E Network. His latest PBS film was "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," which is being broadcast by PBS affiliates around the country.

Reid is Chair of the Board of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, a $54 million operation that serves tens of thousands of Coloradans who are down on their luck. He has served as Kai-cho, or President, of the Japan-America Society of Colorado. He is Chairman of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, the state-wide citizens' campaign working for universal health care coverage. He has served on the boards of Princeton University and several other community and national organizations.

Episode: 4/18/2017 @10:30 AM

Brian Fitzgerald
Brian Fitzgerald

Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF)

Brian K. Fitzgerald serves as BHEF’s chief executive officer, developing long-term strategy for the membership organization. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, BHEF’s National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI) has emerged as the organization’s strategic enterprise. Through BHEF member collaboration, HEWI includes regional projects focused on business-higher education partnerships in selected states, as well as national networks which disseminate insights and scale effective practices. HEWI deploys a model of strategic business engagement in higher education to address our members’ high-skill, high-priority workforce needs. The Wall Street Journal featured BHEF and its work in a front-page article, and the National Science Foundation recognized HEWI’s success with a five-year, $4.5M grant to increase persistence and diversity in undergraduate STEM education.

Backed by some of the nation’s most committed business and academic leaders, BHEF launched highly innovative(Show Full Bio) partnerships in data science and analytics, financial services, cybersecurity, risk management, and social and mobile technologies. At the core of this effort is BHEF’s engagement model. Its five strategies enable business and higher education to move from transactional relationships to strategic partnerships and align undergraduate education with workforce needs. When implemented, these strategies increase baccalaureate attainment and create undergraduate pathways to produce a diverse, highly skilled talent pool to meet a region’s workforce needs in emerging fields. BHEF builds upon these successes to scale at the college/university system, regional, and national levels.

Prior to joining BHEF, Dr. Fitzgerald served as staff director for the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, which advises Congress on higher education and student aid policy. During his tenure, the Advisory Committee released several influential reports, including: Access Denied, Empty Promises and The Student Aid Gauntlet; and also commissioned The Condition of Access (edited by Donald Heller). Dr. Fitzgerald has written extensively on policies to improve college access and success. He also served as an adjunct associate professor of government at American University, teaching advanced studies courses on the politics of education. In the private sector, Dr. Fitzgerald held senior project management positions for large-scale education research projects for federal agencies. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant dean and as a lecturer in education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. While CEO, Dr. Fitzgerald has served on a number of commissions and working groups, including the STEM working group for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which produced the widely cited 2012 report to President Obama: Engage to Excel.

Dr. Fitzgerald earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also served on the alumni council for four years and as its chairman. He currently serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which named him Distinguished Alumnus and awarded him an honorary doctorate in public service.

Episode: 4/18/2017 @11:30 AM