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, IDEO.org, 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.
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.
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?
Saikat Chaudhuri is the Executive Director for the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Saikat has served on the Wharton School faculty since 2004, where his research encompasses high-technology mergers and acquisitions, high-end outsourcing, and technological innovation in dynamic environments. He teaches MBA, undergraduate, and executive education courses on corporate development and M&A as well as innovation management. His publications span scholarly and managerial outlets, and he has received several teaching awards from the Wharton School, besides recognition from professional associations such as the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. His work has been cited by leading media, and he is often interviewed or quoted by the press on contemporary business affairs. Professor Chaudhuri has been invited to speak at corporate forums, industry events, and academic conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Based on his research and experience, he has provided consulting on developing and implementing acquisition, innovation management, and corporate growth strategies for a range of technology-based companies, besides providing expert legal testimony and advising the Indian government on IT-based economic development opportunities.
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 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 www.280.vc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catharine Hays is co-author and principal writer of "Beyond Advertising: Creating Value Through All Customer Touchpoints" (Wiley, 2016). She co-hosts the monthly CMO Spotlight show on Sirius XM’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School. She serves on the advisory boards of Effie Worldwide, the IPA (UK), Ad:Tech and Turner AdLabs. Catharine co-founded and served as Executive Director (2008-2018) of the Wharton Future of Advertising Program from 2008 to 2018. There she cultivated and convened an international collaboration network of over 500 executives, innovators and academics committed to making the future of advertising and marketing markedly better for brands, people and society. Previously, she led pioneering B2B international marketing, product management, strategy and business development teams during a 16-year career serving both SMBs and CIO/CTO clients at AT&T. She earned an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania as a Lauder Fellow, a BS from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and an AA from Franklin University, Switzerland. She was raised in Vermont, is rusty in French and is the proud mother of two exceptional daughters.
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.
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.
Professor Barbara Kahn 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 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 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.
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.
Daniel O’Meara is a Shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Ogletree Deakins. Dan has been a practicing attorney for nearly 30 years, with extensive experience in employment litigation, labor relations and preventive human resource practices. Dan has authored numerous articles on employment law and two books, "Protecting the Growing Number of Older Workers: the Age Discrimination in Employment Act" and "O’Meara, Employment Arbitration". He is a former Partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads and the former Managing Director of the Wharton School Council on Employee Relations . He obtained an MBA in Human Resource Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated, with honors, from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in Labor Studies.
Professor Americus Reed is the Marketing Department's only "identity theorist," focusing his research on the role consumers' self-concepts play in guiding buying decisions. He examines how social identity, social influence, values, attitudes and judgments interact in shaping purchase decisions and consumer behavior, but from a social psychology point of view. Most recently, Professor Reed studied brand identity by examining the triggers that lead consumers to identify with and become loyal to a product, brand or logo. Other recent research looked at judgments that are linked to a person's identity are virtually immovable, or "sticky," providing new information for marketing managers about product loyalty. Professor Reed's research has been published in top-tier academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His teaching interests include courses in Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, Marketing Management, Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology. That Professor Reed received his PhD from the University of Florida, and his MS and BA degrees from Georgia State University.
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 Bizrate.com (Shopzilla) and on the founding board of And1, the basketball apparel company.
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 ongoing Forbes CMO University Alumni Series, which connects marketing practitioners with marketing academics and students; serves on the advisory team for the ANA's CMO Talent Challenge; annually oversees development of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing and Advertising list; 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. Jenny was named one of Top 20 Women in Marketing by Agency Spotter in 2017. She is a member of the Leadership Council of the Media for Social Impact Summit; co-host of Wharton Business Radio’s “CMO Spotlight"; a member of the 2017-2018 Midas Executive Jury; and a member of the CMO Outlook Advisory Board. She received a Master of Science degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from Miami University in 1992.
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.
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.
Nicolaj Siggelkow is the David M. Knott Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton and the former Department Chair of Wharton’s Management Department. He studied Economics at Stanford University and received a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. In 2008, he received the Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award for the most significant paper published in ASQ five years earlier. In 2013, Nicolaj was elected as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. Nicolaj is a member of the Editorial Review Boards of Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. His current research is on Connected Strategies. He has been the recipient of multiple MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Awards, including the Class of 1984 Award presented to the faculty member with the highest teaching rating in the MBA classroom. Nicolaj has been involved in a large range of open enrollment and custom executive education programs on strategy, including programs for AXA, Citibank, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Munich Re, Pepscio, Progressive, and Sanofi-Aventis.
Harbir Singh is the Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Harbir has served as past Chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and Chair of Wharton’s Management Department. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading management journals. His research on the role of cultural distance in explaining the choice of entry mode by multinationals won the “JIBS Decade Award”, presented by the Journal of International Business Studies. He has also received the Strategic Management Society’s Award for Outstanding Research. He is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, the premier professional body for research in strategy, and was named its Dean in 2015. Harbir has taught extensively in Wharton’s multiple degree programs. He is on the Academic Advisory Board of the Indian School of Business, and has been a Visiting Professor at the London Business School and Bocconi University, Italy. He has worked with companies such as Glaxo Smithkline, Verizon, Cisco, and the Aditya Birla Group on issues relating to strategy, alliances and acquisitions.
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.
Christian Terwiesch is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in Wharton’s Operations and Information Management department, co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and also holds a faculty appointment In Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. His research on Operations Management and on Innovation Management appears in many of the leading academic journals ranging from Management Science to The New England Journal of Medicine. He is an award winning teacher with extensive experience in MBA teaching and executive education. He’s also co-author of Matching Supply with Demand, a widely used text-book in Operations Management that is now in its third edition.
Professor Karl Ulrich, Wharton's Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & 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.
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.
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 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 is the Executive Director of Wharton People Analytics, and has spent her career implementing innovations to advance the strategic goals of educational institutions and diverse learners alike. Having built Wharton's Lifelong Learning program as a member of Wharton's Innovation Group, she is now working with Professors Adam Grant and Cade Massey to develop Wharton's People Analytics Initiative and its ground-breaking work in evidenced-based management.
Prior to her time at The Wharton School, Laura served as the Dean of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the Associate Provost at the The University of the Arts. Laura holds a BFA from the University of the Arts and an MSEd from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a devoted swimmer, an exuberant cook, and the proud mother of a spirited teen-age feminist.
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.
Joey Zwilliger, host of Purpose Built
Joey Zwilliger is the co-founder and co-CEO of Allbirds. He has long been passionate about making things from renewable resources, which led him to start Allbirds and begin tackling sustainability issues in the footwear industry. Prior to co-founding Allbirds, he spent six years at biotech firm Terravia (formerly Solazyme, Inc.) leading its renewable chemical business, developing and selling high performance algae-based chemicals into various industries such as CPG, personal care, and industrials. Previously, Joey worked in advisory and investment roles at Industry Ventures, Deloitte Consulting and Goldman Sachs. He sits on the Board of education nonprofit Stiles Hall, as well as the Advisory Board of Wharton's Baker Retail Center. He earned an MBA from Wharton with honors, and a BS in industrial engineering from UC Berkeley.
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Roland Vandermeer, Chief Operating Officer, Resonance Technology Group • For the past 10 years, Roland has been focused on real asset investing in water, agriculture, waste and renewable energy. He has helped launch 3 firms (Ultra Capital, Equilibrium Capital and Biological Capital) all focused on the critical issues of our time. He has applied 25 years of venture and operating expertise in the services and technology sectors to leveraging investment models which deliver exceptional returns by enhancing and sustainability managing real assets. These firms have collectively now managed over 3 billion dollars. Roland now sees a path to enhance our world with new and known technologies to create a more sustainable and thriving community around the globe and is helping create a new model which will role out technologies to democratize many of our shared and necessary resources.