Recent Guests

Louis J. DeGennaro
Louis J. DeGennaro

President and Cheif Executive Officer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., was named president and chief executive officer of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in September 2014 and now leads the operations of this $300 million cancer patient advocacy agency with headquarters in White Plains, New York.

A critical member of the executive leadership team, he joined LLS in 2005 and was named chief mission officer in 2009, with responsibility for leadership of LLS’s mission functions of research, patient access, education, public policy and advocacy. Dr. DeGennaro is recognized as the key architect of LLS’s cures and access agenda to help save lives of blood cancer patients as well as the LLS Therapy Acceleration Program® - a venture philanthropy endeavor that defined the role of nonprofit organizations in supporting drug discovery and development with the biotechnology industry.
Dr. DeGennaro has more than 25 years of research, drug development and executive management experience in academic and private sector settings.(Show Full Bio) He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at San Francisco and did his post-doctoral research at the Yale University School of Medicine. His previous academic appointments include research group leader, Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany (where his laboratory was among the first to clone genes expressed exclusively in the nervous system), and associate professor of neurology and cell biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. DeGennaro's private-sector positions include senior director of molecular genetics at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Princeton, N.J., where his department contributed to the development of pantoprazole (Protonix®) to treat acid reflux disease, Effexor (Venlafaxine®) for anxiety and depression, and Mylotarg® for leukemia; executive vice president for research and development, SynX Pharma, Inc. in Toronto, Canada, where he was responsible for the development of a point-of-care diagnostic test for congestive heart failure; and research manager at Streck, Inc., Omaha, Neb., where he helped develop an FDA-cleared diagnostic test for AIDS/HIV.

Dr. DeGennaro was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2012 to serve as a member of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Advisory Council and the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also serves on the Boards of BioTheryX, Inc., an early-stage biotechnology company, and the Health Research Alliance, a consortium of non-profit funders of research.

Episode: 6/15/2017 @7:00 PM


Timothy Connors
Timothy Connors

Captain (Retired)
United States Coast Guard


Timothy Connors is a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Finance, and he earned his law degree from the University of San Diego in 2001

Timothy began his Coast Guard career as the Principal Assistant Legal Officer for the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska.

During the course of his career, he has held a variety of positions, including Chief of the Claims and Litigation Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters where he worked on preparations for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill litigation.

Prior to retiring, Timothy served as the Staff Judge Advocate/Chief Counsel for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. In this role, he led a team of fifteen attorneys in providing legal advice to the Department of Defense Command and the Joint Canadian-US Command.

Timothy's military decorations are numerous and include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, (Show Full Bio)the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal!

Timothy retired from the United States Coast Guard in October of 2015 after a 26 year career, and now you run your own private law practice.

Episode: 6/15/2017 @8:00 PM


David Woods
David Woods

Rear Admiral (Retired)
United States Navy
http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio_ret.asp?bioID=534

David Woods was commissioned as an Ensign in May 1981 following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, and he earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in April 1983.

David's last assignment was as Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific responsible for the advanced training and deployment certification of all Pacific Fleet deployers.

His operational and combat flying tours included five Electronic Attack squadron assignments. He is recognized as Electronic Warfare expert. He retired from the Navy after completing more than 32 years on active duty.

And now, David is the Senior Vice President of Strike with Burdeshaw an Insignia Consulting Group Company where he works with clients from the defense industry.

Episode: 6/15/2017 @8:00 PM


Katlyn Grasso
Katlyn Grasso

CEO & Founder
GenHERation
http://www.genheration.com

Katlyn Grasso is the founder and CEO of GenHERation. In her role as CEO, she has created the GenHERation Summer Leadership Series, developed original GenHERation webisodes, and grown the GenHERation community toKatlyn Grasso more than 60,000 members.

She is a recent graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in finance and strategic globalization. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the President’s Engagement Prize created by Dr. Amy Gutmann at the University of Pennsylvania. This award provides graduating seniors with $150,000 to develop innovative projects that have the potential to change the world.

Katlyn is a Seventeen Power Girl and was also named to the magazine’s list of “Real Girls Doing Amazing Things.” Katlyn was selected to participate in the 2015 Millennial Trains Project, a cross country trip for 25 social innovators from around the world sponsored by NBCUniversal. Durin(Show Full Bio)g the journey, she was named one of the “5 Innovators to Look Out for on the 2015 Millennial Trains Project” by Innovator’s Peak. After the trip, she was awarded a 2015 Impact Grant from NBCUniversal to produce webisodes of the GenHERation Summer Leadership Series 2015 as one of the most innovative, socially-impactful projects that came out of this year’s journey. She was featured on the cover of Philly Biz Magazine as the youngest woman on the “Women to Watch” list.

Katlyn is a serial entrepreneur who has started two nonprofit organizations, the dance exercise program Tap for Tots, and a technology commercialization venture. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center of the Advancement of Girls at the Agnes Irwin School. Katlyn is a frequent television and radio contributor and has appeared on CNBC, NBC New York, NBC Washington, D.C., SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio Los Angeles, and Kiss 104.1.Originally from Hamburg, New York, Katlyn is now a bicoastal entrepreneur spending her time between New York City, Philadelphia, and California.

During her time at Penn, she was the Managing Practice Leader of the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She was responsible for managing the daily operations of the High Impact Growth Consulting Program, which included overseeing the work of more than 60 undergraduate and MBA students and 80 cases per year. Within an 18 month period, she helped the SBDC team generate $30 million in revenue and new investments for their clients. She was a founding team member of the SBDC’s Accelerator Program and served as the CEO of the Women’s Vertical. In recognition of her contributions to the Wharton SBDC, Katlyn received the 2014 Wells Fargo Distinguished Leadership Award.

In addition to her work at the Wharton SDBC, Katlyn served as the Co-President of Wharton Ambassadors, a member of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, a Neff Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow, a Wharton Peer Advising Fellow, a Turner Social Impact Society Intern Fellow, a National Student Ambassador for Women in Toys, and a member of Soundworks Tap Factory. She was honored with several awards at Penn, including the 2015 Wharton Vice Dean’s Award of Service, 2015 Wharton Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, 2015 Penn Student Award of Merit, 2014 Wharton Venture Award, 2014 Snider Seed Award, 2014 Social Impact Research Experience (SIRE) Grant Award, 2014 Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Grant Award, 2014 Women in Toys Scholarship recipient for being a promising female student entrepreneur, 2013-2015 Wharton Innovation Fund Grant, 2013 Wharton Social Impact Initiative Research Grant, and the 2013 Herbert S. Steuer Memorial Prize as one of the most outstanding Wharton students in scholarship, personality, and leadership.

Katlyn is an avid researcher and has conducted international research on girl’s leadership development. She has interviewed more than 1,500 girls, 200 executives, and 100 educators across all 50 states, 9 countries, and 4 continents. She created the Leadership Camp for Girls 2013 to test her research hypotheses. As a recipient of the 2014 Wharton SIRE Grant, she studied how girls’ consumption of media influences leadership development in the 21st century. She completed an independent study with Wharton’s Vice Dean of Social Impact to analyze female leadership development through a literature review. In spring 2015, she worked with Wharton’s Management Department to organize an analysis of the global venture capital industry.

Katlyn speaks nationally about entrepreneurship, technology, and the advancement of women. She has been a featured speaker at the Kronos Women’s Forum, Leading for Change Conference, Forbes CMO Excursion, Heads Network Annual Meeting, Young Entrepreneur’s Academy CEO Round Table, the Sea Crest School’s Innovators’ Symposium, Nichols College Institute for Women’s Leadership, and has introduced a presidential candidate for the 2016 election. Her work has been featured in national media outlets, including Seventeen, Forbes, NBCUniversal, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, Yahoo Travel, Penn Current, Penn Gazette, Philadelphia Daily News, Philly.com, Technically Philly, The Daily Pennsylvanian, Innovator’s Peak, Idea Forge, Washington Times, Miami Herald, Catalyst, The WALK Magazine, CollegeFashionista, Neon Tommy, Macaroni Kid, Poets & Quants, Knowledge@Wharton High School, Wharton International Business Review, and Wharton Magazine.

Episodes: 6/8/2017 @8:00 PM, 5/19/2016 @7:00 PM


Rev. Charles L. Howard
Rev. Charles L. Howard

University Chaplain; Author of "Pond River Ocean Rain: Find Peace in the Storms of Life"
University of Pennsylvania
http://www.upenn.edu/chaplain/

The Rev. Charles L. Howard, PhD is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Prior to his return to Penn, he served as a chaplain in hospice and hospital and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. His writing has been featured in such publications as Black Arts Quarterly, Black Theology: An International Journal, Daily Good, Urban Cusp, Sojourners Magazine, Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, and Slate.

He is the author of The Souls of Poor Folk, The Awe and The Awful, Black Theology as Mass Movement, and most recently Pond River Ocean Rain.

He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters.

Twitter - @Chaz_Howard
Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KAQNZTG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Episode: 6/8/2017 @7:00 PM


Maryellen Dugan
Maryellen Dugan

Commercial Leader
GlaxoSmithKline
https://www.gsk.com

is tenured Commercial leader within GSK and she is currently on a special assignment leading the implementation of new financial planning platform for the GSK’s US business. In this role Maryellen leads a cross functional team across the US business in preparation for the transition to one global platform in 2018. Maryellen has over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations. Maryellen earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia and completed the GSK Transformational Leadership Program for Executives at the Wharton School of Business. Maryellen is based in the Philadelphia office at the Navy Yard.

Episode: 6/8/2017 @8:30 PM


Tonya Adkins
Tonya Adkins

Product Marketing Director
GlaxoSmithKline
https://www.gsk.com

Tonya Adkins has nearly 15 years of experience at GlaxoSmithKline in multiple roles across sales, training, and marketing in various business units. In her current role, she is a Product Marketing Manager who is responsible for helping to develop and implement strategy and tactics for the pediatric portfolio vaccines through multiple channels. Prior to working for GSK, Tonya worked as a Contracts Manager at a national staffing firm for 5 years. Whether it is launching a product that brings value to our customers and patients or helping someone find that perfect job, being able to work in roles that have a positive impact on people is important to her. Tonya says her main purpose in life is serving others in the community. She believes that we all can make a difference by giving back, and one of the best ways to give back includes empowering others with both the belief in themselves and skills needed to make a difference in their own lives. Tonya says that she feels lucky everyday to(Show Full Bio) work for such a wonderful company like GSK where she is able combine her love for helping others while at work and partner with exciting organizations like GenHERation.

Episode: 6/8/2017 @8:30 PM


Paul Schaut
Paul Schaut

CEO
Label Insight
https://www.labelinsight.com/

Paul Schaut is a serial CEO turned professional board director for the past nine years, experienced in working with public and private companies anchored in technology and the convergence of digital with traditional marketing, at various stages of company lifecycles. His current board engagements include Label Insight, Aginity, Share This, Zumobi, Omnilync and Fluid.

He brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing and executive management experience coupled with a deep expertise in technology, digital and mobile marketing industries. His portfolio of board services help CEO’s and investors leverage my operational experience and network to assist in board and/or management alignment, business development expansion, M&A, strategy and execution along with the many other daily challenges faced by CEO’s.

Episode: 6/1/2017 @7:00 PM


Pat Harned
Pat Harned

CEO
Ethics and Compliance Initiative
https://www.ethics.org/

Dr. Patricia J. Harned is chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). Dr. Harned oversees ECI’s research agenda and its networking and conference events. She also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C., and speaks and writes frequently as an expert on ethics in the workplace, corporate governance and global integrity. Dr. Harned advises CEOs and directors on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.

Dr. Harned has served as a consultant to many leading organizations, including Penn State University, BP and the New York Stock Exchange. She has testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Dr. Harned has been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, and has appeared on the “Diane Rehm Show.” She was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People i(Show Full Bio)n Business Ethics in 2014, and was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in both 2010 and 2011 by the non-profit organization Trust Across America.

Dr. Harned holds a Bachelor of Science in education degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a Master of Education degree from Indiana University and a Doctorate in the Philosophy of education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Episode: 6/1/2017 @8:00 PM


Adam Grant
Adam Grant

Professor
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
http://www.adamgrant.net

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician.

Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 34 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller and one of Amazon's best books of February 2016. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the Un(Show Full Bio)iversity of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.

Episodes: 5/25/2017 @7:00 PM, 4/21/2016 @7:00 PM


Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer; Co-Author of "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy"; Author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead"
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/sheryl

SHERYL SANDBERG is chief operating officer at Facebook and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. She received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. Sandberg serves on the boards of Facebook, The Walt Disney Company, Survey Monkey, ONE, and Women for Women International, and chairs the board of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. She lives with her two children in northern California.

Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8R5QD7/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Option B: https://optionb.org/
Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LMTDL0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Lean In - https://leanin.org/

Episode: 5/25/2017 @7:00 PM


Bernie Swain
Bernie Swain

Co-Founder, Chairman; Author of "What Made Me Who I Am"
Washington Speakers Bureau
http://www.washingtonspeakers.com/

Bernie Swain co-founded the Washington Speakers Bureau with Paula Swain and Harry Rhoads in 1980. Since that time, WSB has represented former U.S. presidents, American and world leaders, business visionaries, journalists, authors and sports legends.

What Made Me Who I Am shares the story of WSB's beginnings and subsequent growth; within eight fast years, the company had established itself as the industry leader where it remains today.

Personal Site - BernieSwain.com
Book - https://www.amazon.com/What-Made-Me-Who-Am/dp/1682610004

Episode: 5/18/2017 @8:00 PM


Peter Georgescu
Peter Georgescu

Chairman Emeritus; Author of "Capitalists Arise! End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation "
Young & Rubicam
http://www.yr.com/

Peter Andrew Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam, was born on the eve of the Second World War in Bucharest, Romania. His Romanian parents were educated in England and France. Peter’s father was the Managing Director of Exxon’s operation in Romania. While on a business trip to New York in 1947, the Iron Curtain fell and Peter’s parents could not return to Romania. Overnight they became the enemy of the Communist regime (his father would have been killed if he’d returned to Romania).

Peter and his brother were left in Romania with his grandparents and would remain apart from his mother and father for eight years. His grandfather was seized and imprisoned as a political threat, and then murdered in captivity. Shortly after his grandfather was taken away, Peter, only nine years old, was arrested along with his brother and grandmother and sent to a work camp. In 1953 his father was approached by Romanian Communist diplomats in New York and asked to spy for them in exchang(Show Full Bio)e for keeping his children alive. Georgescu’s parents refused and went to the press, causing an international scandal. With the intervention of Congressman Frances Bolton and President Eisenhower, the boys were reunited with their parents in April of 1954.

Peter’s American journey started with a gifted admission to Exeter Academy in the fall of 1954—which generously overlooked his inability to speak English and having had no formal schooling since second grade. He then went on to graduate from Princeton University, cum laude, and earned an MBA degree from Stanford Business School. In 1963 he entered Young & Rubicam as a trainee in their research department. Thirty-seven years later he retired as Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam with Y&R at the pinnacle of the advertising and related communications industry.

Under Mr. Georgescu’s leadership, Young & Rubicam successfully transformed from a private to a publicly-held company. During his tenure, Young & Rubicam built the most extensive database on global branding and, from its findings, developed a proprietary model for diagnosing and managing brands. Within the marketing community, he is known as a leading proponent of creating unified communications programs, agency accountability for measuring the impact of communications programs, and structuring value-based agency compensation.

In recognition for his contributions to the marketing and advertising industry, Peter was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and received several Honorary Doctorate of Humanity degrees and other recognitions from a number of colleges and universities.

Peter has served on eight public company boards and continues as a Vice Chairman of New York Presbyterian Hospital and several other non-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Georgescu has authored two books, The Source of Success and The Constant Choice and his third book, Capitalists, Arise! will be released in 2017.

Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBY5TWP/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Personal Site - petergeorgescu.com

Episode: 5/18/2017 @7:00 PM


Eric Stone
Eric Stone

Co-Founder, CEO
Velano Vascular, Inc
http://velanovascular.com/

Eric M. Stone is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Velano Vascular. A patient advocate and serial healthcare entrepreneur, Stone currently serves as National Trustee and a Committee Chair of the the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Prior to Velano, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Molecular Health, and earlier in his career launched a series of pioneering interventional cardiology devices for Abbott while based in Brussels, Belgium and California. Stone was a founding member of Model N's (NYSE: MODN) Life Sciences division, where he led marketing and business development.

Stone began his career in Marketing with Trilogy Software, and has since co-founded social sector programs at Harvard and Wharton. He served for a decade on Harvard University's Alumni Association (HAA) Board of Directors. Stone is a Director of Vigilant Biosciences and an Advisor to numerous healthcare upstarts. Stone received an MBA from The Wharton School, a Master's from H(Show Full Bio)arvard University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and children in San Francisco.

Episode: 5/13/2017 @12:00 PM


Evan Wittenberg
Evan Wittenberg

Senior Vice President, People
Box
https://www.box.com/about-us

Evan Wittenberg is the SVP of People at Box, a public cloud content management software company with ~1500 employees in 14 countries. As Box’s chief people officer he is responsible for finding, growing and keeping the company’s world-class talent and maintaining its distinct culture during this period of hyper-growth. Specific functional responsibilities include recruiting, learning and development, org. design, performance management, people operations, and total rewards.

Prior to joining Box, Evan was Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Talent Officer, where he was responsible for the largest technology company in the world’s diverse global talent. Specific responsibilities included executive recruiting, talent management, career development, performance management, diversity and inclusion, executive and leadership development, and talent data sciences.

Previously Evan spent four years as Head of Global Leadership Development at Google. He created and grew the function and was res(Show Full Bio)ponsible for leadership development globally and cross-functionally, leading a team that built a variety of programs, courses and development opportunities for Googlers to improve their leadership mindset, skills and behaviors, and enable the company’s rapid growth and groundbreaking innovation.

Before Google, Evan was the Director of the Graduate Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In this role he was responsible for all of the leadership development activities for the school’s 1,600 M.B.A.s, taught the core course in Leadership and Teamwork, and ran the school’s outdoor experiential leadership learning program, the Wharton Leadership Ventures. He was also the Associate Director of the school’s Center for Leadership and Change Management.

Evan received his BA with Distinction in Psychology and English Literature from Swarthmore College, and his M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton School, specializing in Strategic Change Management.

Episode: 5/13/2017 @12:30 PM


David Robertson
David Robertson

Professor of Practice; Co-Author of "Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry (2013)
The Wharton School
https://oid.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/drobe/

David Robertson joined the faculty of the Wharton School in 2011. He is a Professor of Practice and teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. David is also the host of the weekly radio show "Innovation Navigation", which is recorded live every Tuesday between 8 and 10am ET. The show offers unscripted access to world-renowned thought leaders, executives, and faculty. Broadcasting from The Wharton School’s Ivy League campus via Sirius XM’s trailblazing Wharton Business Radio channel, the program delivers invaluable advice for executives or managers who want to boost their organization’s ability to innovate. For more on the show, see the show's web site: www.innonavi.com

From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD). At IMD, Robertson was the Co-Director of the school’s largest executive education prog(Show Full Bio)ram, the Program for Executive Development. He also directed programs for Credit Suisse, EMC, HSBC, Skanska, BT, and other leading European companies. Prior to IMD, David was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 5 years, and an executive at four enterprise software companies. David received his MBA and PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and BS from the University of Illinois.

David’s research interests are in innovation management – how companies can get more from their innovation investments. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Wired, and other journals, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Bloomberg TV. His latest book is The Power of Little Ideas: A Low Risk, High Reward Approach to Innovation. He has also written Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry, and co-authored Enterprise Architecture as Strategy. In addition to his research and teaching activities, David consults with many US and European companies to help them improve their innovation management systems.

Twitter - @davidcrob | @innonavi
Book - https://www.amazon.com/Power-Little-Ideas-High-Reward-Innovation/dp/1633691683
http://www.robertsoninnovation.com/
www.innonavi.com

Episode: 5/11/2017 @8:00 PM


Michael Quinn
Michael Quinn

President, CEO
the Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia
https://www.amrevmuseum.org/

Since 2012, Michael Quinn has served as President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. Under his leadership, a national institution dedicated to exploring the entire story of the American Revolution opened its doors on time and on budget on April 19, 2017. The $150 million capital campaign goal now stands at nearly $153 million. The Campaign will formally close on December 31, 2017.

Previously, Mr. Quinn served as President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier in central Virginia. During the twelve years of his tenure, he helped raise over $90 million and carried out initiatives that authentically restored the home of James Madison and its surrounding environment, transformed Montpelier from a private estate into a premier historic home, and established a vibrant educational center that provided over 4,000 teachers, legislators and others with in-depth study programs on American constitutional theory.

Prior to his service at Montpelier, Mr. Quinn served as d(Show Full Bio)eputy director at George Washington’s Mount Vernon where he was responsible for on-site interpretation, educational programs, special events, marketing, public relations, and publications. He has also worked in preservation advocacy and as a preservation planner at the state and federal level.

Mr. Quinn received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Yale University, and a M.B.A from George Mason University.

Episode: 5/11/2017 @7:00 PM


Howard Means
Howard Means

Author of "67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence"
http://www.howardmeans.com/

Howard Means was Senior Writer for Washingtonian magazine from 1977-1982 and Senior Editor from 1989-2000. In between, he was Critic at Large and an editorial board member for the Orlando Sentinel and an op-ed columnist for King Features Syndicate. At the Washingtonian, he won three William Allen White Medals for feature writing.

Among his earlier books are the first biography of Colin Powell, a selection of the History Book Club; Money & Power: The History of Business, companion piece to the CNBC documentary of the same name and translated into Chinese, Japanese, and many other languages; a novel, CSA, optioned for an ABC mini-series; The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer, studies in eccentricity, co-authored with Susan Sheehan; The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation, also a featured selection of the History Book Club; and most recently, Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, and the American Story, of which K(Show Full Bio)en Burns wrote “John Chapman comes alive here, and it is a thrilling experience to escape the decades of myth.” Over the last fifteen years, Means has also assisted in the writing of numerous books, including best-selling memoirs by Michael Deaver, Robert Baer, Louis Freeh, and George Tenet. He is now at work on a look back at the Kent State shootings: May 4, 1970.

Book - https://www.amazon.com/67-Shots-State-American-Innocence/dp/0306823799

Episodes: 5/4/2017 @7:00 PM, 1/26/2017 @7:00 PM


Eduardo Braun
Eduardo Braun

Author of "People First Leaderhip: How the Best Leaders Use Culture and Emotion to Drivie Unprecedented Results"
https://www.linkedin.com/in/eduardopbraun

Eduardo Braun is a leadership expert and consultant, keynote speaker, and author.

For more than 15 years Eduardo has traveled the globe and interviewed -both on-stage and before cameras- world-renowned management leaders, heads of state, and top academics and entrepreneurs, including personalities such as Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jack Welch, among others.

His new book "People First Leadership" is the result of these many conversations, where he shares intimate stories and practical life lessons of successful leaders who use culture and emotion to drive unprecedented results, and introduces a new vision of leadership where The New CEO -Chief Emotions Officer- establishes stronger connections that get better results and create a culture of inspiration and success.

Eduardo is an industrial engineer from the University of Buenos Aires, he has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He worked in the US, Europe an(Show Full Bio)d Latin America for more than two decades in companies such as Booz Allen & Hamilton, Etex Group, and The HSM Group -global multimedia management company and organizer of the World Business Forum.

An in-demand speaker on leadership and culture management, Eduardo lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Twitter - @edubraun
Book - https://www.amazon.com/People-First-Leadership-Leaders-Unprecedented/dp/1259835405

Episodes: 5/4/2017 @8:00 PM, 1/26/2017 @8:00 PM


Barry Lipman
Barry Lipman

Founder of the Lipman Family Prize at the Wharton School; Former Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman
https://lipmanfamilyprize.wharton.upenn.edu/

In 1981, Barry helped found Goldfarb & Lipman, a San Francisco Bay Area legal firm specializing in real estate law. Much of his practice required innovative solutions for unique problems. For example, one project, Savo Island, resulted in the formation of what is believed to be the nation’s first limited equity cooperative, thereby enabling low-income people to obtain the benefits and responsibilities of home ownership in the expensive Bay Area housing market. Further, he was a leader in the development of legal concepts used in multi-use vertical subdivisions, live-work subdivisions, and life-care residential projects.

Barry’s time is now spent as an investor and philanthropist. He is currently involved in several business ventures including serving on three for-profit boards. Throughout his career, Barry has volunteered his time and financial resource to support numerous educational, cultural, and social responsibility non-profit organizations. He has served on the boar(Show Full Bio)ds of The Hamlin School, the San Francisco Zoological Society, San Francisco University High School, and the Homeless Prenatal Program.

Barry graduated from Wharton in 1970 and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in 1975. His hobby is travel and his goal is to visit at least one hundred countries in his lifetime. Presently, he is more than half way there.

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact. We are committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world.

Governed by a steering committee comprised of University faculty, staff, and Lipman family representatives, the Lipman Family Prize is administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania. The work of the Prize and the management of the Fellow Community resides within the Wharton Leadership Program.

Episode: 4/27/2017 @7:00 PM


Jeannine Lisitski
Jeannine Lisitski

Executive Director, President
Women Against Abuse, Inc (WAA)
http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/

Jeannine L. Lisitski has been the Executive Director and President of Women Against Abuse, Inc. (WAA) since 2009. WAA is the leading domestic violence advocate and service provider in Philadelphia and the largest in Pennsylvania. Women Against Abuse has a two-pronged mission of providing life-saving services to people experiencing domestic violence while leading the struggle to end domestic violence.

Ms. Lisitski has worked for more than 24 years in the nonprofit sector, focusing on issues of poverty, violence, behavioral health and homelessness. Ms. Lisitski has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a Ph.D Candidate (ABD), in Social Work and Social Research. In addition, Ms. Lisitski has a certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School as well as one in Non-Profit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College, where she co-facilitated their Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute for two years.

Prior to WAA, Ms. Lisitsk(Show Full Bio)i worked as the Vice President of Operations for Project H.O.M.E. where she was responsible for an annual operating budget of $11 million and oversaw the agency’s multiple supportive housing and homeless service programs, including 418 supportive housing units as well as the human resources function. Currently, Ms. Lisitski supervises all executive level staff at WAA, as well as the prevention, policy and legal center directors, and provides leadership and strategic direction for agency functions and initiatives.

Under Ms. Lisitski’s leadership, the agency has grown exponentially, doubling its emergency safe haven facilities, expanding its transitional housing capacity by 25%, creating 60 opportunities for permanent affordable housing with supports, quadrupling the number of clients receiving attorney representation, and reaching thousands of high-risk victims that were previously unaware of available supports and resources. In addition, Ms. Lisitski led the creation of a citywide initiative to coordinate the community response to domestic violence. This effort, Shared Safety: Philadelphia’s Response to Relational Violence, involves all health and human service agencies in the city and involves the collaboration of more than 60 individuals and groups.

In 2017, Ms. Lisitski was awarded the Social Innovations Journals’ Human Rights Innovator Award for pioneering Shared Safety. In 2015, Ms. Lisitski was recognized as one of the finalists in SmartCEO Magazine’s Circle of Excellence in the Non Profit Category. In 2013, WAA was the recipient of the H. Craig Lewis Good Governance Award by The Philadelphia Foundation. In 2011, Ms. Lisitski was awarded the 2011 Brava! Women Business Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership skills.

Episode: 4/27/2017 @7:30 PM


Nina Dudnik
Nina Dudnik

Founder, CEO
Seeding Labs
https://seedinglabs.org/

Nina works at the intersection of science and global development. She began the effort to build Seeding Labs as a graduate student in 2003. She was a finalist in the 2006 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship in 2007 to formally launch and expand Seeding Labs.

Nina received a 2017 “Innovation All Star” award from the Boston Business Journal, a 2016 Passion in Science Humanitarian Duty Award from New England Biolabs, and in 2015, was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview magazine. She received the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, was a 2010 TEDGlobal Fellow and a 2010 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and received the 2010 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Young Professional award.

Nina has experienced science on a global scale; she worked for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research in Italy where she provided advice on the integration (Show Full Bio)of molecular genetics techniques into conservation and plant breeding activities. She was a Fulbright scholar in 2000 at the Africa Rice Center in Côte d’Ivoire studying rice introgression using molecular markers. Nina obtained her PhD in molecular biology from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BSc in biochemistry from Brown University.

Twitter - @seedinglabs | @Nina_Slabs

Episode: 4/27/2017 @8:00 PM


Dr. Laura Stachel
Dr. Laura Stachel

Co-Founder, Executive Director
We Care Solar
https://wecaresolar.org/about/

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-founder and Executive Director of We Care Solar®, is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist with fourteen years of clinical experience. She holds an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley. She was a staff researcher at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley. Her research on maternal mortality in Nigeria in 2008 alerted her to the deleterious effects of energy poverty on maternal health outcomes. Along with Hal Aronson, she co-founded We Care Solar to bring simple solar electric solutions to maternal and child health care in regions without reliable electricity. We Care Solar has equipped more than 2200 health facilities in over 20 countries with the We Care Solar Suitcase®, a compact solar energy system providing essential lighting and power.

Laura is passionate about promoting sustainable energy solutions for women’s health and speaks around the worl(Show Full Bio)d on this topic. She has been active in the UN Foundation’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and has co-chaired a Practitioners Working Group on Energy and Health. Laura was one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013. For her work with We Care Solar, Laura received numerous awards, including the 2015 UN DESA “Powering the Future We Want” Award. She was a finalist in the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, won the 2016 National Energy Globe Award, the 2015 UCSF Alumni Award, the 2014 Katerva Gender Equality Award, the 2012 Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Award, the 2012 United Nations Association Global Citizens Award, the 2011 Tech Award, the 2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the 2010 UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement.

Twitter - @wecaresolar

Episode: 4/27/2017 @8:30 PM


Lolly Daskal
Lolly Daskal

Executive Leadership Coach; Author of "The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness"
https://www.lollydaskal.com/

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies.

As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results.

Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World.

Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others.

Lolly’s proprietary insights are th(Show Full Bio)e subject of her new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, and is available for pre order at www.theleadershipgapbook.com


Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MG4OCSP/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Episode: 4/20/2017 @7:00 PM


Eileen Heisman
Eileen Heisman

President, CEO
National Philanthropic Trust
https://www.nptrust.org/

Eileen R. Heisman, ACFRE, is the President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, one of the Top 25 grantmaking institutions in the US. She is an internationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. She was among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification. She has been named three times by NonProfit Times as one of their Power and Influence Top 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential executives in the philanthropic sector, most recently in 2016. She was also named "Outstanding Fundraising Professional" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ms. Heisman was invited by the Chinese government to speak to their emerging nonprofit sector about philanthropy.

Since 2006, Ms. Heisman has authored the annual Donor-Advised Fund Report, the industry's recognized authority on the state of sector. In 2016, National Philanthropic Trust launched the award-winning HistoryOfGiving.org, the only interactive digital (Show Full Bio)exibition dedicated to the last 500 years in philanthropy.

Ms. Heisman is currently a member of the faculty at Leadership Philadelphia, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work graduate program and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a regular lecturer for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a member of the Governance Committee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. Ms. Heisman serves on the Advisory Board at New York University’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, the Community Foundation of Singapore and the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. She is also the Chair of the Board at CultureTrust.

Ms. Heisman has a bachelor's degree with honors in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in social work with a major in social program evaluation from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the third Wharton Fellows Class at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Episode: 4/20/2017 @8:00 PM