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.
Joey 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.
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.”
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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 Curtis
Dr. Pam Manfredo Curtis 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 journey together and sharing with SiriusXM listeners the profound leadership lessons learned along the way.
Comedian John Fugelsang, acclaimed comedian, television host and social media star. He’s appeared at Montreal’s ‘Just for Laughs’ Festival, HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and the South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami. He appeared on “Politically Incorrect” more than 20 times, Bill Maher called him ‘one of my favorite comedians’.
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.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
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.
Perri is an award winning reporter, journalist and documentary film maker committed to serving her community as a philanthropist and volunteer, raising awareness through discussion. Through her work in broadcast and film, she gives voice and attention to issues of social justice.
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.
Co-host Joe 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.