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Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere

Each week, Steve Blank, entrepreneur-turned-educator and creator of the Lean Startup movement, examines the DNA of entrepreneurs – what makes them tick, how they came up with their ideas – and the habits that make them successful. Hear from founders of companies in various industries from restaurants, to rocket scientists, to on-line groceries, to on-line gifts. Learn from their experiences as they share what it takes to build a startup and the highs, lows and pivots that pushed them forward.
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  • John Barkett

    John Barkett is the Director of Policy Affairs for Towers Watson Exchange Solutions.  He previously worked for Extend Health, the nation’s largest private Medicare exchange, athenahealth, inc., and Medica Healthcare Plans, Inc.  From 2009-2011, John worked on the drafting, passage and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as a staffer in Congress and in the Department of Health and Human Services.  John is the vice president of the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association.  He is based in Washington, DC.

  • David Bell

    David is the Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor at Wharton and he developed the school’s first course on digital marketing and e-commerce. David is a retailing and consumer Internet expert and his book Location is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in the Virtual One explains how and why where we live and work shapes our behavior online. David is also an angel investor in several consumer Internet startups. He received his PhD from Stanford and is a citizen of New Zealand. Twitter: @davidbnz

  • Eric Bradlow

    Eric Bradlow is co-director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative. Professor Bradlow uses high-powered statistical models to solve problems on everything from Internet search engines to product assortment issues. Specifically, his research interests include statistics, marketing research, marketing management and data analysis, as well as any material related to customer analytics. Eric was recently named a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association.

  • Sam Brasch

    Sam Brasch joined New Leaf in 2015 as a Venture Partner and focuses on information convergence investments. Sam was previously a Managing Director at Kaiser Permanente Ventures where he focused on investments in healthcare IT, healthcare services and medical technology companies. Prior to joining Kaiser in 2011, Sam was an Executive-in-Residence and Vice President with Frazier Healthcare. Sam holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Peter Cappelli

    Peter Cappelli is a Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 has been a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in management and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. His latest book is Will College Pay Off?

  • Sam Chandan

    Professor Sam Chandan is founder of Chandan Economics, a New York-based financial services research firm. He is a faculty member in Wharton’s Real Estate Department and the National Economist of the Real Estate Lenders Association. Chandan holds advisory board appointments at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Real Estate Research Institute, the National Center for Seniors Housing, and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. Prior to founding Chandan Economics, he was Chief Economist at Reis, on the management team that took Reis public, and Global Chief Economist at Real Capital Analytics. Chandan holds a PhD from Wharton. His Twitter handle is @SamChandan.

  • Doug Collom

    Doug Collom was a corporate partner for more than 20 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a preeminent technology law firm based in Silicon Valley. In his practice, Doug represented companies ranging from early-stage startups to significant public companies. Doug is an Adjunct Professor of Management and co-teaches a course on Venture Capital and Startups at Wharton | San Francisco and at Wharton’s main campus in Philadelphia. Doug received his JD from the UCLA School of Law and his BA from Stanford University.

  • Rob Coneybeer

    Rob Coneybeer is a Founder and Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage companies. During his 19 years in Silicon Valley, he has invested in over 50 startups, including home automation pioneer Nest Labs. Rob is a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School in marketing and startup business strategy, where he also earned an MBA and serves on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He blogs regularly at

  • Peter Fader

    Marketing Professor Peter Fader’s expertise centers on the analysis of behavioral data to understand customer shopping/purchasing activities, and to help firms craft business strategies to leverage these patterns. These insights are captured in his recent book, Customer Centricity: Focus on the Right Customers for Strategic Advantage. Along with Eric Bradlow, he serves as Co-Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative.

  • Alan Feldman

    Alan F. Feldman is the Chief Executive Officer of Resource Real Estate, a firm that manages over $2 billion of direct real estate investments, commercial real estate loans and a global real estate securities business. Alan has over 25 years of real estate investment experience, including leadership roles at Lazard, Freres & Co. and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. He is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at The Wharton School and teaches Real Estate Development. Alan earned his MBA from Wharton and also has a BS and MS in chemical engineering degrees from Tufts University.

  • Loren Feldman

    Loren Feldman is a senior editor at Forbes, responsible for entrepreneurial coverage in print and online. Before that, he was small-business editor of The New York Times, where he created the You're the Boss small-business blog. He has also been editor of the Web sites at both Inc. and FastCompany. Before going digital, he was a top editor and writer for print magazines such as Inc., Philadelphia, Manhattan,inc., the American Lawyer, Money, and George. He has also written freelance articles for GQ, The New York Times magazine and The New York Times Sunday Business section. His writing and editing have been nominated multiple times for National Magazine awards, winning once at Philadelphia magazine as part of a team of writers. And he has spoken and moderated discussions at numerous conferences and seminars on entrepreneurship. On Twitter, he's @lfeldman

  • Stew Friedman

    Professor Stew Friedman is the director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project, which he founded in 1991. An award-winning teacher and best-selling author of Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, Stew serves on a number of boards and has advised a wide range of companies and public sector organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Labor and State, the United Nations, and two White House administrations.  He has twice been selected by Thinkers50 as one of the “world’s top 50 business thinkers” and was recently honored by the Families and Work Institute with the Work Institute with the Work Life Legacy Award.

  • C. Mitchell Goldman

    C. Mitchell Goldman is a business adviser and healthcare entrepreneur who focuses his practice on the finance and corporate aspects of healthcare delivery, with an emphasis on reimbursement, risk contracting, structuring corporate transactions between and among providers and advising clients on the impact of federal and state government regulation. He currently advises his hospital and physician clients on the opportunities associated with healthcare reform, including accountable care organizations ("ACOs"), patient centered medical homes and Medicare reimbursement demonstration projects.He is an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he teaches Health Care Finance. 

  • Jacob Gray

    Jacob Gray is the Senior Director for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Jacob leads the impact investing initiative at WSII, drawing from more than 15 years of experience in impact investing and social enterprise. He manages Wharton’s role in FastFWD, an innovative collaboration that won $1 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge in 2013. Jacob is also co-founder and General Partner of Murex, an early-stage impact-investment venture capital fund. Prior to Wharton, Jacob co-founded an incubator for high-growth social enterprises, and brought the first regional chapter of Investor’s Circle to Philadelphia.

  • Anne Greenhalgh

    As deputy director of the Wharton Leadership Program, Dr. Anne Greenhalgh is responsible for the design and delivery of the School’s foundation leadership course for undergraduates, Management 100: Leadership and Communication in Groups. An award-winning teacher, Anne was voted the Best Lecturer in the Social Sciences by the entire student body at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Anne has served as an advisor and consultant to a number of academic institutions and corporations, including the School District of Philadelphia, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America.

  • Aaron Harris

    Y Combinator partner Aaron Harris hosts Startup School Radio from San Francisco. He was co-founder of Tutorspree, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2011. Previously he worked at Bridgewater Associates, where he managed product and operations for an analytics group. He has an AB in History and Literature from Harvard.

  • Catharine Hays

    Catharine Hays is the founding Executive Director of the Wharton Future of Advertising Program at the Wharton School. Since its inception in 2008, she and Marketing Professor Jerry Wind have led WFoA to become the leading academic center on the topic of advertising’s evolving future, growing its Global Advisory Board to over 80 thought leaders from around the world and across disciplines. Previously, Catharine enjoyed a 15-year career as Marketing Director at AT&T.

  • Kartik Hosanagar

    Kartik Hosanagar is a tenured Associate Professor of Internet Commerce at The Wharton School and has been recognized as one of the world's top 40 business professors under 40. Kartik's research work focuses on Internet media and Internet marketing. Having started his own venture-backed company, he is now actively involved with other startups as either an investor or an advisor. His past consulting and executive education clients include Google, Nokia, American Express, Citi and others. And he’s now here to consult with you every Monday from 5-7PM ET.

  • Shane Jensen

    Shane T. Jensen is an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching since 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from McGill University in 1997, a Master’s of Science in Statistics from McGill University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University in 2004. Dr. Jensen has published over fifty academic papers in statistical methodology for a variety of applied areas, including molecular biology, psychology and sports. He maintains an active research program in developing sophisticated statistical models for the evaluation of player performance in baseball and hockey. In 2011, he was awarded the Sports in Statistics Award for contributions to the statistics in sports community by the American Statistical Association. His work has also received media attention, with articles in the Boston Globe, New York Post, Wired Magazine and others.

  • Barbara Kahn

    Professor Barbara Kahn, director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at Wharton, is an internationally recognized expert on marketing issues whose research provides managers with a better understanding of the consumer choice process. She co-authored Grocery Revolution: The New Focus on the Consumer, a book that chronicled the dramatically changing supermarket industry and outlined how consumers make choices within the supermarket. In 2013, she published Global Brand Power: Leveraging Branding for Long-Term Growth .

  • Jeff Klein

    Jeff Klein is the executive director of the Wharton Leadership Program and is responsible for directing the School’s efforts to create the Wharton Global Leadership Institute. He designs and delivers leadership workshops and courses for executive clients through Wharton Executive Education, and leads two weeklong executive courses, Creating and Leading High Performing Teams and The Leadership Edge: Strategies for New Leaders. Jeff also chairs the Steering Committee for the Lipman Family Prize, an annual $125,000 social sector award launched in 2011.

  • Katherine J. Klein

    Katherine J. Klein is the Edward H. Bowman professor of management at The Wharton School, and Vice Dean for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where she shapes the vision and strategy for social impact projects, partnerships, initiatives and faculty engagement at Wharton. Katherine teaches social impact, leadership, and management, including an MBA course studying conflict and change in Rwanda’s capital. Her research has been published in numerous top journals, and centers on leadership, teams, and organizational theory, among other topics.

  • Sherryl Kuhlman

    Sherryl Kuhlman is the Managing Director for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where she works to integrate the Wharton community into a local and global network of social enterprises and impact organizations. Informed by more than 10 years in social impact management, partnership development, and outcomes measurement, Sherryl provides strategic focus to Wharton’s numerous social impact initiatives, with a focus on creating innovative partnerships and connecting the Wharton network to opportunities to create impact in local and global communities. Sherryl has a Ph.D. in ethics, and received her MBA from Wharton in 2001.

  • Donald Landwirth

    Donald Landwirth is a serial entrepreneur with a broad background in software, infrastructure and online marketing and is currently consulting COO to and a Board Member of Prior to Spreaker, he was COO at and was the founder or first C-level executive of four other ventures. In addition to being an advisor and mentor to several entrepreneurs and startup ventures, he is the host of The Free COO on, a show which offers free advice for building and running a startup company. He holds a BS in Acoustical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Cade Massey

    Cade Massey is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and taught at Duke University and Yale University before moving to Penn. His research focuses on judgment under uncertainty – how, and how well, we predict what will happen in the future. He works at the intersection of economics and psychology, drawing on experimental research and “real world” data such as employee stock options, 401k savings, and the National Football League draft. His research has led to long-time collaborations with Google, Merck and multiple National Football League franchises and has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, ESPN Magazine, Bloomberg News, and National Public Radio. He has co-authored editorials in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He co-developed the Massey-Peabody NFL Power Rankings for the Wall Street Journal, where they have been published since 2010.

  • Dan O’Meara

    Dan O’Meara has been a practicing attorney for over twenty-five years, with extensive experience in employment litigation, labor relations and preventive human resource practices. He is the Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Montgomery McCracken, a Philadelphia-based firm. He is the Managing Director of the Wharton School Council on Employee Relations, and is the author of several books and numerous articles concerning employment law.

  • Jay Mohr

    Jay Mohr brings over 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry to The Business of Health Care. His expertise encompasses C-level roles in entrepreneurial ventures, as well as P&L, commercial/marketing and business development in large pharma and small biopharma organizations. Jay is a co-founder and Managing director of Locust Walk Partners, a transaction advisory firm for the life sciences industry.  Prior to founding Locust Walk, Jay was founding CEO and Director for Gloucester Pharmaceuticals. Jay has also served in C-level and executive commercial positions at Zelos Therapeutics, Serono (now EMD Serono) and Schering-Plough. Jay holds an MBA in Health Care Management and Marketing from The Wharton School and a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.  He is a registered representative with FINRA, holding Series 79, 24 and 63 certifications.

  • David Reibstein

    Dr. David Reibstein is the William S. Woodside Professor and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School, and has been on the Wharton faculty for more than two decades. He is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of the American Marketing Association. He is the author of seven books and dozens of articles in major marketing journals. His most recent book is Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance, and was featured in Fortune as one of the eight “favorite business school school professors to watch. He has consulted for companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to start-ups, including Google, GE, British Airways, and Royal Dutch Shell. He was a co-founder of (Shopzilla) and on the founding board of And1, the basketball apparel company.

  • David Roberston

    David Robertson is a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2002 to 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at the Swiss business school IMD. Prior to IMD, Robertson was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 5 years and an executive at four enterprise software companies. In addition to his responsibilities at Wharton, Robertson is a frequent speaker at conferences and serves as a consultant to companies on innovation and technology management issues. Robertson’s book “Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry” was published by Crown business in June of 2013. Since his early years as a student at MIT Sloan School of Management, David Robertson has dedicated his career to exploring the vast world of innovation.

  • Jenny Rooney

    Jenny Rooney is Editor of the CMO Network at Forbes, where she manages content critical to executive-level marketing decision-makers. She reports on industry trends, research and news; has interviewed hundreds of CEOs and CMOs as part of her ongoing Forbes CMO Interview Series; developed the alumni marketing university event series for Forbes; and plays an integral role in the development of topics, content and programming for Forbes CMO Practice events throughout the year, particularly the annual, invitation-only Forbes CMO Summit. She is co-host of Wharton Business Radio’s “Marketing Matters: CMO Spotlight.”

  • Scott Rosner

    Scott Rosner is a Practice Associate Professor in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School and the Faculty Associate Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He also serves as the Academic Director of the Wharton Sports Business Academy.  He teaches courses in Sports Business Management and Negotiation and Dispute Resolution to undergraduate and MBA students, and Sports Law at Penn Law School.  Professor Rosner has led consulting projects with a variety of clients both in his role as a faculty member leading student project teams and as the Principal of Hudson Sports Consulting, a sports advisory firm that provides a wide range of services in the business and legal aspects of the sports industry.  Rosner is the lead author of “The Business of Sports,” a leading textbook now in its second edition.

  • Arnold Rosoff

    A full-time member of Penn’s faculty since 1970, Arnold Rosoff researches, writes and teaches in the area of health law and policy.  He has chaired Wharton's Department of Legal Studies and directed its MBA Program for Executives and the Wharton Government and Business Program.  Professor Rosoff, emeritus since 2013, is a Senior Scholar at Georgetown Law School’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM), and served for over 25 years as Deputy Editor of ACLM’s Journal of Legal Medicine.

  • Jeremy Schwartz

    Jeremy Schwartz, CFA, is Director of Research at WisdomTree.  Jeremy is responsible for WisdomTree’s equity indexes and oversees research coverage across the equity index family. Prior to joining WisdomTree, Jeremy was Professor Jeremy Siegel's head research assistant and helped with the research and writing of Stocks for the Long Run and The Future for Investors. He is also co-author of the Financial Analysts Journal paper "What Happened to the Original Stocks in the S&P 500?" and the WSJ article "The Great American Bond Bubble." Jeremy is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.

  • Kenneth Shropshire

    Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire specializes in the subject areas of sports law and business, negotiations, diversity, and general business law. He is the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, and a sports attorney with the global law firm Duane Morris LLP. Shropshire’s clients have included the NCAA, National Football League, the United States Olympic Committee, HockeyTech, sports executives, negotiation training for IBM, Clorox, Fannie Mae and Major League Baseball and diversity training for entering Wharton School MBA students. He is the author of ten books focused on the business of sports.

  • Jeremy Siegel

    Finance Professor Jeremy Siegel is known as “The Wizard of Wharton” and has written and lectured extensively about the economy and financial markets, monetary policy and interest rates, and stock and bond returns. Professor Siegel is courted by nearly every Wall Street firm as a consultant and lecturer and has appeared on CNBC, PBS, Wall Street Week, and NPR. The Fifth Edition of his bestselling book Stocks for the Long Run was released in 2013.

  • Kent Smetters

    Kent Smetters, a professor of business economics and Public Policy, previously served as deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury. He is co-author of Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: New Budget Measures for New Budget Priorities and coedited The Pension Challenge: Risk Transfers and Retirement Income Security. As an academic, entrepreneur, and former government official, his research focuses on public policy, personal financial planning, and corporate and financial risk management.

  • Karl Ulrich

    Professor Karl Ulrich, Wharton’s Vice Dean of Innovation, holds more than 20 patents for medical devices, tools, food products, sporting goods, and more. Ulrich’s expertise is in innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He is the co-founder of the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Ulrich’s Xootr scooter was recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the coolest products of the 21st Century.

  • Michael Useem

    Professor Michael Useem is the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School.   He teaches MBA and executive-MBA courses on leadership and change management, and offers programs on leadership, teamwork, governance, and decision making for managers in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has presented programs and seminars on leadership and change with numerous companies and organizations including: American Express, Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder Companies, National Football League, and U.S. Department of Justice. Useem is the author or co-author of several books, including Boards that Lead and The Leader’s Checklist

  • Jeff Voigt

    Jeff Voigt is the principal of Medical Device Consultants of Ridgewood, NJ, a firm dedicated to ensuring appropriate coverage and payment policies for medical technology companies (mainly earlier stage) and insurers. His expertise also includes healthcare analytics, cost-effectiveness analysis, and evidence assessments, and he has helped build several companies from the ground floor to very profitable organizations – all of which were ultimately sold to larger organizations.  His education includes: a bachelor’s degree from University Vermont, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, class of 1985.  Jeff recently served as President of the Wharton Healthcare Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA) and was on the WHCMAA board from 2010-2015.  He is still active in the WHCMAA and with volunteer positions in the town of Ridgewood, NJ. 

  • Kevin Werbach

    Kevin Werbach is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School and the founder of Supernova Group, a technology analysis and consulting firm. As a leading expert on the business, policy, and social implications of emerging Internet and communications technologies, he co-led the review of the Federal Communications Commission for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC and authored Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the implications of the Internet. Kevin is the author of the book For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business.

  • Jerry Wind

    Professor Wind is internationally known for pioneering research on organizational buying behavior, market segmentation, conjoint analysis, and marketing strategy. He consults with major firms around the world, provides expert testimony in many intellectual property and antitrust cases, and has lectured in over 50 universities worldwide. He is a regular contributor to the professional marketing literature, with 22 books and more than 250 articles on marketing strategy, marketing research, new product and market development, consumer and industrial buying behavior and international marketing.

  • Abraham (Adi) Wyner

    Abraham (Adi) Wyner is Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the director of the Undergraduate Program in Statistics. Professor Wyner earned his B.S. in Mathematics at Yale University and his Ph.D. in Statistics at Stanford University. He joined the Wharton faculty in 1999. Dr. Wyner has published more than 40 articles in a wide variety of research areas including Information Theory, Probability and Stochastic Processes, Machine Learning and Theoretical Statistics. Professor Wyner‘s work as an applied statistician specializes in the application of machine learning methods to the analysis of complex datasets. In particular, his work explores the connections between probability models in structured or sequential settings. His methods are especially useful for large datasets. He has worked extensively in applications of statistics to the study of climate change and sleep medicine.

  • Irina Yuen

    Irina Yuen is the Senior Associate Director of Wharton Entrepreneurship at Wharton, where she earned her MBA. An experienced online media, technology, and non-profit professional, her career in Silicon Valley has included a range of entrepreneurial, operational, and leadership roles, including as a member of CBS MarketWatch’s (acquired by Dow Jones) founding management team. In 1991, Irina co-founded Minds Matter, an educational non-profit organization that continues to thrive and serve youth nationwide.

  • Laura Zarrow

    Laura Zarrow, Executive Director of Lifelong Learning at The Wharton School the has spent her career bringing innovations to the teaching and learning process, developing new academic programs and systems to advance educational goals. Prior to her work at Wharton, Laura served as the Dean of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts after spending 15 years at The University of the Arts as the Assistant and then Associate Provost. Laura holds a BFA from the University of the Arts and her MSEd in Higher Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Randi Zuckerberg

    Randi Zuckerberg is the New York Times best-selling author of "Dot Complicated" and children’s book "Dot", founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and Editor in Chief of the digital lifestyle site Dot Complicated. Randi is also a television producer and appears regularly on CNBC, NBC’s TODAY and KATIE. As an early executive at Facebook, Randi created and ran the social media pioneer's marketing programs. She led the company's U.S. election and international politics strategy and created Facebook's live streaming video capability during the 2008 Presidential Inauguration. Randi was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections that integrated online and TV coverage in unique formats. Since starting Zuckerberg Media, Randi has produced shows and digital content for PayPal, the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, The United Nations, Bravo and Condé Nast, with many other projects in the works.

  • Nick Ashburn

    Nick Ashburn is the Director of Special Projects for Impact Investing at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where he provides direction for new and existing research, engagement, and training initiatives in impact investing. Nick has worked on projects with the Ford Foundation,, the US Department of State, USAID, and has taught social entrepreneurship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and lectures in the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn. Nick also holds a master’s in international educational development from Penn GSE.

  • Sandi Hunt

    Sandra Maro Hunt joined the Wharton Social Impact Initiative in August 2013 as the Senior Manager of Social Impact. She brings both for-profit and nonprofit experience to this role, where she works with the WSII team and stakeholders to manage and develop existing and new initiatives. Sandi is passionate about exploring the tools that Wharton, and the Penn community as a whole – students, alum, faculty, the university – bring to bear in creating social impact, and about building out best practices and programs with those learnings.

  • Bob Lane

    Bob Lane is a host of the Real Estate Hour and is a partner at the law firm of Stevens & Lee, practicing commercial real estate law, and is an Adjunct Professor teaching Real Estate Law and Transactions at the Wharton School. He is nationally recognized in all aspects of commercial real estate development, acquisitions and financing, with over 30 years of experience representing a wide variety of companies, large and small, in diverse industries, as well as major real estate developers, syndicators and REITs. He lectures and writes extensively on such subjects as commercial leasing, zoning and land use, boundary law, real estate taxation, real estate development and the negotiation and structuring of international transactions.

  • Steve Blank

    Steve Blank has changed how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught around the globe. His May 2013 Harvard Business Review article on the Lean Startup defined the movement.  Steve is widely recognized as a thought leader on startups and innovation. His books - The Startup Owner's Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany - and blog have redefined how to build successful startups, and his Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and NYU has redefined how entrepreneurship is taught. His articles regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic and Huffington Post.

  • Bruce Brownstein

    Bruce Brownstein is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton SEI Center, focusing on how marketing can accelerate innovation for global social impact.  Following graduation from Wharton in 1980, Bruce worked until winning the dotcom lottery at eBay, then returned to Wharton to learn more about nation branding and foreign direct investment, precision agriculture, and other ways Wharton may improve the world.

  • Dawn Graham

    Dr. Dawn Graham is a Career Expert, Licensed Psychologist, and former Corporate Recruiter who has worked across North America and abroad in several global organizations in consulting, coaching and talent management roles for the past 20 years.  As the current Career Director for the MBA for Executives program at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Dawn coaches some of the world’s most successful business leaders on making strategic career changes, building professional brands, creating stellar networks, and negotiating competitive compensation packages.  Dawn has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver in Colorado, earned her SPHR certification in 2002, and is also a Certified Personal Trainer.