Eric Bradlow Professor Eric T. Bradlow is the K.P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing, Statistics, Education and Economics, Chairperson of Wharton’s Marketing Department, and Vice Dean of Analytics at Wharton. An applied statistician, 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 Bayesian modeling, statistical computing, and developing new methodology for unique data structures with application to business problems. A prolific scholar, Professor Bradlow’s research has been published in top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Psychometrika, Statistica Sinica, Chance, Marketing Science, Management Science, and Journal of Marketing Research. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association and the Journal of Marketing Research, and is on the Editorial Boards of Marketing Letters, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Electronic Commerce. Professor Bradlow earned his PhD and master’s degrees in mathematical Statistics from Harvard University and his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rob ConeybeerRob Coneybeer is a Founder and Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage companies. During his 23 years in Silicon Valley, he has invested in over 50 startups, including home automation pioneer Nest Labs, which was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, and the world’s largest, fastest growing peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, Turo. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
Stew FriedmanStew Friedman is Practice Professor of Management, Emeritus, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He founded both Wharton’s Leadership Program and its Work/Life Integration Project. He has been recognized as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinkers, as one of the “world’s top 50 business thinkers” by Thinkers50, and as winner of Thinkers50’s Distinguished Achievement Award for being the foremost expert in the field of talent. Working Mother chose him as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents and the Families and Work Institute honored him with its Work Life Legacy Award. He has written two bestselling books, Leading the Life You Want and Total Leadership, which describes the Total Leadership program, used worldwide to improve performance in all parts of life by creating harmony among them. An award-winning teacher, the New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in students. Follow on Twitter and LinkedIn, read his articles on HBR.org, and pre-order his latest book, Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life (release date: March 10, 2020).
Dawn Graham Dr. Dawn Graham is a career switch coach, TEDx Speaker, LinkedIn Learning Instructor and Host of the popular call-in show “Career Talk” on SiriusXM Radio. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com under their leadership channel, and the Career Director for the Executive MBA Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her latest book “Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success” combines her experience as a Career Coach, Licensed Psychologist, and former Corporate Recruiter to give career switchers the strategies to break through obstacles and land the job they want. Prior to The Wharton School, Dawn had a successful career at Korn Ferry (formerly Personnel Decisions International) where she moved from providing executive consulting and coaching services to building and implementing the firm’s global talent resource allocation infrastructure. In addition to her experience in the career search and coaching arenas, Dawn brings an expertise in psychology and organizational development. A Licensed Psychologist, she holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver, a Masters’ degree in Organizational Development from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University. A global leader, she has worked with colleagues and has managed teams throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, successfully providing a variety of career and organizational development services.
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.
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 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.
Cade Massey Cade Massey is a Practice Professor in the Wharton School’s Operations, Information and Decisions Department. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and taught at Duke University and Yale University before moving to Penn. Massey’s research focuses on judgment under uncertainty – how, and how well, people predict what will happen in the future. His work draws on experimental and “real world” data such as employee stock options, 401k savings, the National Football League draft, and graduate school admissions. His research has led to long-time collaborations with Google, Merck and multiple professional sports franchises. Massey’s research has been published in leading psychology and management journals, and covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, and National Public Radio. He has taught MBA and Executive MBA courses for 15 years, receiving teaching awards for courses on negotiation, influence, organizational behavior and human resources. He also co-teaches Wharton’s “People Analytics” MOOC on Coursera. Massey is faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics, co-host of “Wharton Moneyball” on SiriusXM Business Radio, and co-creator of the Massey-Peabody NFL Power Rankings for the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Center City Philadelphia.
Americus ReedAmericus Reed, II is the Whitney M. Young Jr., Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he has served on faculty since 2000. An avid fitness enthusiast, part time drummer and tireless educator, Americus’ primary research and consulting areas are in brand equity and Identity Loyalty – the study of creating and fostering “brand communities” that transcend the utilitarian aspects of products to actualize iconic levels of symbolic identity and self-expression; connect to deep levels of emotional and social affiliation, and cultivate lifelong relationships with intermediate customers and end consumers. In 2005, his academic work in this area received honorable mention for the prestigious Robert Ferber Award for academic impact in the Journal of Consumer Research (JCR) and in 2009 he received JCR’s Best Paper Award. Americus describes the power of branding in this TEDx conversation. He has authored more than 50 articles, book chapters and cases on the topic. He has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, New York Times, NPR and the Hidden Brain Podcast. He teaches customer analysis, branding and consumer psychology to undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and executive students.
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.
Jeremy Siegel Finance Professor Jeremy Siegel, known as “the Wizard of Wharton,” has written and lectured extensively about the economy and financial market, monetary policy and stock and bond returns. Professor Siegel is courted by many Wall Street firms as a consultant and lecturer and has appeared on CNBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, and other national and international news media. His book, "Stocks for the Long Run", has sold over ½ million copies and is in its fifth edition.
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.
Michael UseemMichael Useem is Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is the author of The Leader’s Checklist, The Leadership Moment, Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes; co-author of The India Way, Leadership Dispatches, Boards That Lead, and The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap; and co-author of Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies (2017), Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy (2018), and Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption (2018). Mike is co-host of the weekly program Leadership in Action on Business Radio, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abraham (Adi) WynerProfessor Adi Wyner received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Yale University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with distinction in his major. He was the recipient of the Stanley Prize for excellence in Mathematics. His PhD in Statistics is from Stanford University, where he won a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Abrams Prize and the Herz Foundation fellowship. After graduating from Stanford, he received the NSF post-graduate fellowship and a visiting Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Wyner has been a Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of Business for the last 11 years. He is a tenured Professor and the Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Statistics for the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Wyner has participated in numerous consulting projects in various businesses. He was one the earliest consultants for TiVo, Inc, where he helped to develop early personalization software. Dr. Wyner created some of the first on-line data summarization tools, while acting as CTO for Surfnotes, Inc. More recently, he has developed statistical analyses for banks and marketing research firms and has served as consultant to several law firms in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served as statistical faculty advisor for the University Pennsylvania Law School. His interest in sports statistics has led to a collaboration with ESPN where Dr. Wyner was the PI on the ESPN funded MLB player evaluation research project. He has also served as a statistical expert for hedge funds and private equity concerns.
Laura Zarrow 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 the needs of diverse learners alike. Having built Wharton’s Lifelong Learning program as a member of Wharton’s Innovation Group, she is now working to develop Wharton’s People Analytics Initiative and its ground-breaking work in evidenced-based management. Laura also hosts “Women@Work” on SiriusXM 132 Thursdays at 9 am Eastern on Business Radio. 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 Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, and Emmy-nominated tech media personality. She is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, with the mission of supporting current and future entrepreneurs through investment, mentorship, and media. Prior to founding her own company, Randi was an early employee at Facebook, where she is best known for creating Facebook Live, now used by more than a billion people around the world. A Harvard graduate, Randi hosts a weekly business talk radio show on SiriusXM and is the author of four books: two best-selling business books, Dot Complicated and Pick Three, and two children’s books, Dot (currently also an award-winning preschool television series on Universal Kids and Hulu) and Missy President. Randi travels the world, speaking about technology, entrepreneurship, her time in Silicon Valley, and shockingly...how to unplug! When she's not Facebooking or actual written-word booking, she can be found at the theater - as a two-time Tony Award winning Broadway producer of Hadestown and Oklahoma! - or doing her best to unplug at home with her husband and three children.
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.
Karl UlrichKarl Ulrich is Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads the School’s San Francisco campus and its entrepreneurial programs. He is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research and teaching are focused on technological innovation and product design. Professor Ulrich is also an expert on innovation in China, with particular focus on the China-US entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is a prolific innovator and entrepreneur. At Wharton, he led the creation of Wharton Business Radio, the Semester in San Francisco Program, and the Venture Lab. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Terrapass, the first retailer of greenhouse gas offsets in the U.S., and Xootr, a leader in urban personal transportation for more than two decades. He has also been an angel investor in more than 40 start-ups. As a result of his innovation efforts he holds 24 patents. Two of his product designs, the Xootr scooter and the Belle-V ice cream scoop, are in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum National Design Award Gallery. He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Jill Weber is a professional archaeologist and restauranteur. She sought a career that would allow her to travel, which led to earning a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1992, Jill has worked in Syria, Turkey, Armenia, Oman, Iraq, and Italy. Along the way, she gained an intimate knowledge of these countries, their cultures, and native cuisines, which inspired her to open a restaurant back in Philly. She is now the proud founder of the Sojourn Philly group: Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, and Café Ynez. She enjoys sharing her love of wine, history, and culture with others, and is able to combine all three in her monthly wine tastings.
SellersEaston Media co-founder and partner Nina Easton is a bestselling author, magazine writer, and TV commentator. She won numerous national awards during a decade with the Los Angeles Times, and later as Washington editor and national columnist at Fortune, covering politics, the economy, and foreign affairs. Nina is currently chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum —conceiving and casting high-profile live events, and conducting interviews with the some of the biggest names in global business and international affairs. Her critically-acclaimed political history, Gang of Five, drawing on hundreds of interviews and archival research, ranks on the Vox list of “books to read to understand the world.”
Pattie Sellers is Co-CEO of SellersEaston Media, which tells stories of leadership and impact in a variety of formats, including film/video, books, articles, and live events. A former assistant managing editor of Fortune, Pattie currently serves as Chair of the FortuneMost Powerful Women Summit. She is an award-winning magazine writer, interviewer and multimedia journalist with more than 20 cover stories during her three-decade career at Fortune. Pattie cofounded Fortune Most Powerful Women in 1998 as an annual ranking of the top women in the business, and she led its growth to become Fortune's most valuable franchise, with conferences and events around the world.
Dr. Pam Manfredo CurtisPamela Manfredo Curtis, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Manfredo Curtis Associates, LLC. In the exclusive world of global leaders, she is regarded as an elite executive coach and a corporate game changer, one who CEOs enthusiastically recommend to one another. Her proprietary approach involves mining the hearts and souls and childhoods of her CEO clients so they can reach their full potential—to lead authentically, to achieve extraordinary results, and to forge deep, emotional connections, both professionally and personally. She has partnered with leaders for over 30 years including Mary Barra, Tom Linebarger, Matt Levatich, Curt Welling, and John Replogle. Pam is the host of SiriusXM’s Corner Office Confidential, a special series on leadership where she teams with her C-suite clients for intimate, exclusive conversations revealing their journeys and sharing with SiriusXM listeners the profound leadership lessons learned along the way. Pam is currently working on her first book.
Russ Altman, MD, PhD is a physician, engineer and scientist at Stanford University, where he has served as Chair of Bioengineering and is currently the Director of the Program in Biomedical Informatics. He is past president of the International Society for Computational Biology and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. He has advised the FDA and NIH. He is a founder of Personalis Inc and his research focuses on how drugs work and how we can use them optimally.
Denise Pope is a senior lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is a co-founder of Challenge Success, which provides families and schools the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Pope taught high school English in Fremont, Calif. and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University.
Daniel Schwartz is dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education and an expert in human learning and educational technology. Schwartz oversees a laboratory whose computer-focused developments in science and math instruction permit original research into fundamental questions of learning. He has taught math in rural Kenya, English in south-central Los Angeles, and multiple subjects in Kaltag, Alaska, and this diversity of experience informs his work. Among many honors, Schwartz was named Graduate School of Education Teacher of the Year for 2015. His latest book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them, distills learning theories into practical solutions for use at home or in the classroom. NPR noted the book among the "best reads" for 2016.
Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute. As host of Aspen Ideas to Go, she tees up the in-depth conversations and fascinating talks hosted by the Institute. Tricia plays an integral role in planning the annual Aspen Ideas Festival — the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and probing discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.
Doron Levin is an author and veteran journalist, having covered Detroit and the global automotive industry for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Detroit Free Press. He writes for TheStreet.com and other publications. He was graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Leadership Performance, another nonprofit, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organizations, and non-profit charities. Bob is the host of the Sirius XM radio show, “Success Without Stress” and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.
Walter Isaacson, former CNN chairman and CEO, is your guide through the narratives and nuances of Trailblazers. The acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller “The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” is also the president of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization.
Geoff Siskind has helped launch some of Canada’s most popular reality television programs including Storage Wars Canada, Canada’s Worst Driver, Redemption Inc. with Kevin O’Leary, Canada’s Worst Handyman, and Junk Raiders. An alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Interactive Entertainment Program, Geoff directed the interactive documentary Tightrope, which has been presented by many festivals, including SXSW, IDFA, and Hot Docs. He’s produced many hours’ worth of radio programming and documentaries for CBC Radio, including Search Engine (for which he won the New York Festivals’ International Broadcasting Award), Outfront, and The Phone Book Stories.
Howard Wolf, who has led the Stanford Alumni Association and its staff since 2001, earned his bachelor's degree in psychology, with distinction, from Stanford in 1980 and his MBA from Harvard in1985. Before his appointment as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association, he worked as both an entrepreneur and business manager in the publishing and commercial real estate development and management industries. An active alum and volunteer, as well as an avid Stanford athletics fan, he received the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. In addition to his Alumni Association role, Howard is one of eight officers of the University and part of its senior management team, with particular responsibility for advising the University's President and the Provost on alumni affairs.
One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, Stanford Legal’s Pam Karlan is often called upon by policy makers and popular media alike to break down the tough legal issues of the day. Also a leading constitutional scholar and award winning teacher who has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Karlan co-founded Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic in 2004, the first of its kind at any law school. Since its launch, the clinic has compiled a record that would be the envy of any law firm, representing parties in more than 60 merits cases before the Court.
Joe BankmanJoe Bankman is a clinical psychologist as well as a lawyer who researches topics such as the consumption tax and the role of tax in the structure of Silicon Valley start-ups. A tax law expert, he has gained wide attention for his work on how government might control the use of tax shelters and has testified before Congress and other legislative bodies on tax compliance problems posed by the cash economy. He has written and spoken extensively on how we might use technology to simplify tax filing.
Alan FleischmannAlan Fleischmann is the founder, President & CEO of Laurel Strategies, a business advisory and strategic communications firm that advises CEOs and leaders across the globe. Alan has spent his career in the halls of power in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He’s a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Board Member of the Atlantic Council, the Jane Goodall Institute, a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle and the Robert F. Kennedy Leadership Council, and an advisory director on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall.
Jody FosterJody J. Foster, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Professionalism in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in a combined and accelerated BA/MD program with Lehigh University, Dr. Foster completed both a residency and a chief residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology and mood disorders at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. She also attained her Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School. Dr. Foster serves as the Executive Clinical Director of the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine and leads the Professionalism Committees at the member hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Foster is a noted educator and has received numerous awards for clinical excellence and teaching. She was elected to Penn Medicine’s inaugural class of the Academy of Master Clinicians and has been named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine. In her Professionalism role she has consulted not only within healthcare but also with legal and venture capital firms, corporate entities, education, the arts and major league sports.
Dan LoneyDan Loney’s broadcasting career has included more than 25 years in the realm of sports, news and business on a variety of formats, including national radio networks The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, ABC Radio and ESPN Radio. On the field, his broadcasting career has included play-by-play for more than 2,100 professional baseball games on the radio and another 500 on television, including work for the YES Network and CN8. His abilities behind the microphone have led to work with several universities in the Philadelphia region, including Princeton University and now, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sean BurkeSean Burke is Associate General Counsel at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Burke is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (A.B., magna cum laude, 1995; A.M., 1995) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1998). From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Burke was an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Liqian RenLiqian Ren, Ph.D., is the Director of Modern Alpha at WisdomTree. In this role, Liqian leads WisdomTree’s quantitative investment capabilities and serve as a thought leader for WisdomTree’s Modern AlphaTM approach. Liqian came to WisdomTree from Vanguard, where she worked for twelve years, most recently as Portfolio Manager in the Quantitative Equity Group managing Vanguard’s factor funds and conducting research on factor strategies. Prior to joining Vanguard, she was an Associate Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Liqian received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Peking University in Beijing, her Masters in Economics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and her MBA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.