Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. In addition, her book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, was released in September 2011. In May 2011, Betsy was appointed Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University. The Center focuses on educating students about their leadership potential while conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women. Betsy will work to build relationships with corporations and share information about putting these practices into place.
With deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arena, Betsy served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. She joined the campaign in January 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer tasked with the challenge of building a $100,000,000 organization and established the campaign with a business operational model and customer service mentality. Prior to this appointment, Myers was the Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She came to CPL in 2003, with a track record of strategically building and realigning organizations. Betsy focused the Center’s teaching and research around personal leadership and the fully integrated person. This centered on her strong belief and conviction that the hardest person we will ever manage is ourselves. This culminated in a partnership with CPL and The Hoffman Institute. The results and impact were immediate and staggering. She also increased the Center’s efforts around women and leadership while working closely with the Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board (2000-2007).
A senior official in the Clinton Administration, Betsy was the President’s senior adviser on women’s issues. As Deputy Assistant to the President, she launched and was the first Director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. She played a critical role in Clinton’s re-election effort in 1996 and figured prominently in shaping the Administration’s legislative agenda on issues such as domestic violence, reproductive choice, breast cancer, and women in business.
Ms. Myers also served as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration.
After a brief career in rock and roll and a delayed entrance into higher education, Adam graduated from Caltech and joined JPL in 1991, in the Spacecraft Structures and Dynamics group. He has worked on several flight projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers and Mars Science Laboratory as well as several mission proposals, pre-Phase A projects and technology development efforts. Initially employed as a structures and mechanics guy, he has, in recent years, gravitated towards landing events and Mars Entry, Descent and Landings. He was the landing systems engineer on the comet mission Champollion (cancelled) and the mechanical systems lead for EDL on MER. He most recently led the landing effort for the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover. Always fascinated with the human meaning of day to day activities, he has begun to think of great engineering efforts as action akin to performance art or sport.
Calvin Olsen, Speaker
Calvin Olsen is a published, anthologized, sarcastic writer of poetry. His poetry and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in New Haven Review, Salamander, The Raven Chronicles, 236, Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets, SWAMP, The Honey Land Review, and others. Despite its random content, much of his writing spawns from his experiences living abroad in Brazil and the UK and his love for birds, water, and birds in water. Calvin holds a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. After completing his M.F.A. Calvin received a 2011 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, with which he traveled to the Iberian Peninsula. He spent a month translating the work of the late Portuguese poet Alberto de Lacerda and then backpacked through Europe, taking time to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and compose a book-length manuscript of his own poetry. An expert people watcher and five-time recipient of the Best Man award, Calvin now resides in Boston, MA. To fuel his passion for poetry, he has worked on the bottom rung of multiple sectors, including business, education, and the food industry. He now teaches literature at Wentworth Institute of Technology and writing at Boston University.
Dr. Christopher Probyn, Speaker
Dr. Christopher Probyn is the Chief Economist at State Street Global Advisors. In this role, he monitors, forecasts and analyzes economic events in the world’s major economies and assesses their impact on financial markets. He also regularly briefs clients, portfolio managers, and other corporate personnel on economic matters.
Dr. Probyn publishes extensively, including weekly economic perspectives and commentary on the outlook for major economies. He is also a frequent conference speaker and is regularly quoted in top-tier media outlets globally. Prior to joining SSgA in 1998, Dr. Probyn was a Director and Senior Economist at UBS in New York City. Dr. Probyn earned his BA at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, his MA from the University of Manchester, and his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Institute of International Finance.
Don Khoury knows what makes people tick. An expert in non-verbal communication, he specializes in working one-on-one with companies, politicians, and business leaders to develop a variety of key skills, including non-verbal communication, body language and leadership skills. Ultimately, Don’s No. 1 goal is to emphasize the best practices in communicating. Over the past several years, Don has worked with private clients developing non-verbal communication, team building and strategic planning, and peer leadership programs for such clients as the Bank of Nova Scotia and Royal LePage.
A successful sales professional earlier in his career, Don was named to the President’s Club at Xerox Canada. His success in sales allowed him to realize the true factor behind people’s purchase decisions- The non-verbal communication. After 10 years of profound studies, Don Khoury found out that non-verbal communication not only determined our purchase pattern or ability to close the sale, but it also affected enormously our voting decisions. Soon after, Don developed a cutting-edge method using a secret algorithm to predict elections with 95% accuracy. To refine how people are communicating with one another and to manage the communication, Don also created a series of presentations on non-verbal communication. He points out that non-verbal communication isn’t about control; it’s about knowing where you are in the communication and moving it to a win-win situation. Don has been invited to speak at several universities, companies, and agencies to share his expertise on non-verbal communication and his method on elections predictions. He also appeared on Television and print media locally and nationally.
Gerard Senehi is recognized as a “superstar” in psychic entertainment. He has been featured on numerous television shows internationally including “Today Show” and “Ellen.” New York Magazine referred to his performance as “some sort of religious experience from the sixteenth century.” Companies often comment on the challenge they will have to surpass this experience for their next event. After an annual conference, Deutsche Bank said, “You were the most talked about presenter of our entire conference – and we had some of the most renowned thinkers in the world.” Gerard has a unique interest and ability to use his art as a mentalist to create mystery, demonstrating impossible feats that even the most ardent skeptics can’t explain. At the same time, he creates an environment where people can suspend their ideas of what’s possible, thus giving an experience that is not only thoroughly captivating, but also expands possibilities beyond imagined boundaries. Gerard’s performances create an atmosphere of openness and possibility, which is why he is often sought out to present for board retreats, strategy meetings and conferences for companies who are trying to push into new territory. His presentations are thoroughly entertaining, mystifying and a perfect backdrop to let the imagination run with potentials not yet imagined.
A highly respected political innovator and advocate for the rights of independent voters—now 40% of the American electorate—Jacqueline Salit has built the largest network of independent leaders and activists in the country. She is the President of IndependentVoting.org, the leading strategy and organizing center for independents, with chapters in 40 states. Salit is best known for her role managing Michael Bloomberg’s three campaigns for New York City Mayor on the Independence Party (IP) line, playing a crucial role in delivering the IP’s “margin of victory” vote in 2001, the exodus of 47% of African-American voters from the Democratic Party to support Bloomberg in 2005, and the historic 150,000 votes for Bloomberg’s re-election on the IP line in 2009. Salit is the author of Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America (Palgrave Macmillan) which presents her firsthand account of this growing and influential voting bloc. In it, Salit recounts independents little-known history and sometimes volatile impact as old political institutions and categories are becoming irrelevant—even repugnant—to many Americans.
Salit, who has spent 30 years as an insider in this growing movement of outsiders, also reveals how independents underestimate their own power and how they can make the most of their newfound influence to produce culture change in American politics.
Salit’s political commentaries have appeared in: USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Legal Times, Union Leader, Albany Times Union, and Newsday. She’s been featured commentator on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBC, PBS, FOX and CSPAN. Salit is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated radio program Fairness Radio and produced Talk/Talk with the late public philosopher Fred Newman. She is a native New Yorker who resides in Greenwich Village.
Jeff Bradach is co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Mr. Bradach leads the development of the organization and its knowledge strategy . In this role, Bradach works personally on a variety of nonprofit client and foundation engagements, focusing on issues of strategy and scale. He also writes, teaches and speaks extensively on topics relating to nonprofit strategy, business planning, and philanthropy. He is the author of “Going to Scale: The Challenge of Replicating Social Programs,” (Stanford Social Innovation Review premiere issue, Spring 2003) and the co-author, with Bridgespan partner William Foster, of “Should Nonprofits Seek Profits?,” which appeared in the Harvard Business Review, February 2005. He co-authored with Bridgespan colleagues Tom Tierney and Nan Stone, “Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits,” (Harvard Business Review, December 2008) and most recently published the article, “Scaling Impact” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2010).
Jimmy Tingle is regarded as one of the top social and political humorists in America. He has worked as a stand up comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker and commentator in several mediums from the early 1980’s to the present day. Tingle was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where the social, political and economic diversity of that city laid the groundwork for his development as a performer and satirist. Tingle recently returned to school, earning a masters degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was selected to give the graduate address at Harvard’s 2010 commencement ceremony. His professional career has spanned nearly 3 decades. Prior to writing, producing and starring in his first documentary film “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream”, Tingle completed two seasons with 60 Minutes II on CBS as the humorist / commentator in the Andy Rooney spot. He worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Larry King’s Weekend, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The American Comedy Awards, as well as his own HBO half hour comedy special. Film credits include consulting and playing a television talk show host on Chris Rock’s “Head of State”. Other film credits include the role of the neighborhood bartender in Next Stop Wonderland, a priest in Boondock Saints, and a restaurant owner in “By the Sea”. He played himself in the International Emmy winning arts documentary “Dammed in the USA” Theatrical credits include writing and starring in four different one person shows all of which were directed by Larry Arrick. “Jimmy Tingle’s Uncommon Sense; Jimmy Tingle and the Promise Land; Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream and Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History.” Tingle has the rare distinction of winning the prestigious “Best of Boston” award as both a performer “Best of Boston” 2001 in the “stand up comedy” category and as a producer in 2007 for Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater.
Juan Enriquez, Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, is a bestselling author of As the Future Catches You (an Amazon best book of year, The Untied States of America (Miami Herald’s book of the decade), Homo evolutis: a Tour of the Next Human Species (with Steve Gullans and TED). Rem Koolhaas chose his Map of Global Nucleotide Data Flow (done with West and Martinez) as an iconic example of 21st century design. Fortune profiled him as “Mr. Gene.” Wired as “Darwin for the DNA Age.” He has helped found or guide over a dozen tech start ups including Synthetic Genomics, Zip Car, Xcellerex, Activate Networks. He sailed around the world with Dr. J. Craig Venter on a sampling expedition that increased the number of known genes by 10X. He negotiated a peace treaty with the Zapatista rebels in Mexico and was the Founding Director of the Harvard Life Sciences Project.
Kurt Andersen is author of the critically acclaimed novels True Believers; Heyday, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2008 Langum Prize for the year’s best work of historical fiction; and the national bestseller Turn of the Century. His nonfiction books include Reset and The Real Thing. He is also host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio program Studio 360, and contributes regularly to Vanity Fair and the New York Times. In addition, he writes for film, TV and the stage; served as a columnist for The New Yorker, architecture critic for Time, editorial director of Colors magazine and editor-in-chief of New York magazine; and co-founded Spy magazine, Inside.com and Very Short List. He’s on the design criticism faculty of the School of Visual Arts, served as Visionary in Residence at the Art Center College of Design, and received an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Prof. Drela currently is the Terry J. Kohler Professor of Fluid Dynamics at the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He joined the faculty there in January 1986. His primary research interests are in low speed and transonic aerodynamics, design and performance of aircraft and aeromechanical devices, and computational aerodynamic design methodology. He has developed a number of computational aerodynamic design/analysis codes currently being used in the aircraft and gas turbine industry. He has also developed tools for analysis and design of control systems for highly aeroelastic aircraft. He teaches aircraft design fundamentals, external aerodynamics, and fluid mechanics of boundary layers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prof. Drela participated extensively in the Chrysalis, Monarch, and Daedalus human-powered aircraft projects at MIT, the latter setting the world record for distance (116km) and duration (4.0 hours) in 1988. He also was the advisor and pilot for the MIT Human-powered Hydrofoil Project (1989-1993), which holds the current human-powered watercraft world speed record of 18.5 knots in 1991. Since 1996 he has worked as a consultant for numerous R&D projects in aircraft, turbomachinery, bicycles, and America’s Cup sailboats. He has been active in Free-Flight and Radio-Control model aircraft since childhood. Prof. Drela obtained his SB (1982), SM (1983), and PhD (1985) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. Here, he also serves as Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia, and on the Board of Directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Professor Burns served in the United States Foreign Service for 27 years during which time he served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008), Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001), and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). From 1990-1995, he worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush.
Professor Burns has received twelve honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, and the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award. He has a BA in History from Boston College and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group; a Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Center for a New American Security, the Atlantic Council, and several other non-profit organizations. He serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
Nilofer Merchant has gone from admin to CEO to board member of a NASDAQ-traded company along her 20 year career, gathering monikers such as “the Jane Bond of Innovation” along the way for her ability to guide Fortune 500 and startup companies through impossible odds. She’s worked for major companies like Apple (with Steve Jobs) and Autodesk (personally hired and fired by Carol Bartz) and startups in the early days of the Web (Golive/ later bought by Adobe). And Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others have turned to her guidance to develop new product strategies, enter new markets, defend against competitors, and optimize revenues. And, Merchant is one of the few people who can say they’ve fought a competitive battle against Microsoft and won, for Symantec’s Anti-Virus $2.1B annual business. She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales, with expertise in Europe and US markets. Today she serves on boards for both public and private companies. The 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, published by Harvard Business Review in 2012 follows her previous book, The New How (Oreilly, 2010), on Collaborative work. She lectures on innovation, board governance, and marketing at Stanford University.
A founding member of the Conscious Capitalism movement, Dr. Rajendra Sisodia is Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and cofounder and Chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute. Dr. Sisodia has an MBA in Marketing from the Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Bombay, and a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University. His current research focuses on conscious capitalism, leadership and change management. In 2003, Dr. Sisodia was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching Award in 2008. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. Dr. Sisodia has published seven books and over 100 academic articles. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, CNBC etc. His book The Rule of Three: How Competition Shapes Markets was a finalist for the 2004 Best Marketing Book Award from the American Marketing Association. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose was named one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com. His forthcoming book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (with John P. Mackey) will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2012. Dr. Sisodia has consulted with and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Siemens, Sprint, MCI, Volvo, IBM, Ernst & Young, Walmart, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. He is on the Board of Trustees of Conscious Capitalism Inc.
Bob is the Founder and Chairman of Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL). Following a career in Latin American finance at the IMF, Citibank, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and his own brokering company, International Bank Services, Bob turned his energy to active philanthropy. He has focused his attention on education reform in the US with particular consideration of underserved communities. Through his philanthropic investments, Bob realized that low-income families do save. Using his financial background, he created a matched savings program that encouraged them to save toward higher education. This idea became the basis for FUEL, which now helps low-income parents in three Greater Boston communities learn about college access and save toward education. Bob earned a BA in government from Harvard College, an MA in economics from George Washington University, and an MA in advanced international studies from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of trustees of Boston University, where he formerly chaired the board of overseers. Bob is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post College blog.
Laura joined the FUEL team in October 2009 through the Chelsea REACH program. Prior to FUEL she was working with the Phoenix Charter Academy after a career change from the hospitality industry. Laura graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Rohit Deshpandé is Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing at Harvard Business School where he teaches in the Owner/President Management Program and in other executive education offerings. He has also taught in the MBA and doctoral programs at HBS where he is the resident expert in international marketing and global branding. He is currently chair of the Global Colloquium for Participant-Centered Learning (an HBS program in action learning and case method pedagogy for international business school faculty) and for the past 10 years recruiting coordinator for all Marketing faculty. He has also been coordinator for Marketing doctoral program admissions and faculty chair of the Strategic Marketing Management executive program at Harvard Business School. In addition to teaching marketing, he was a part of the design and delivery team that created the Leadership and Corporate Accountability MBA required course at HBS focusing on ethics and corporate governance. In 2008-2009 Deshpande was the Henry B. Arthur Fellow for Business Ethics. Deshpandé’s primary research interest concerns the creation and implementation of customer-centric corporate culture, a topic on which he pioneered published work over 15 years ago, well before the term “customer-centricity” became the strategic focus of leading corporations worldwide. In a series of research papers he has profiled high performance, customer-centric companies in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He has published several technical articles, cases, and monographs and was cited in an American Marketing Association study as one of the most highly published full professors in the marketing field. His most recent books include Developing a Market Orientation, Using Market Knowledge, and The Global Market: Managing the Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization.
Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, which has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the American Psychological Association, and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He has also received several teaching awards and many prizes for his eight books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He has been named Humanist of the Year, and has been listed among Foreign Policy magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is currently Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, Time, The New Republic, and other publications. His most recent book is The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined.
The Busker’s Band is a combo group organized by Sugarbabies Inc. one of Boston’s leading live event entertainment companies. The group is a subset of the 7-piece Sweet Tooth & The Sugarbabies party band, and consists of Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals, and a Peruvian box-drum called a Cajon. The Busker’s Band was modeled after a very successful street performing act in the French Riviera, which was also started by the founder of Sugarbabies Inc. This high energy group is made up of all Berklee College of Music students/alumni, and performs a range of music from the past 80 years!
Band Members: Vincent King on Vocals, Anthony Greco on Guitar, Robert Struthers on Saxophone, Eytan Nicholson on Peruvian Box Drum.
Madeline and Sarah Meyer, Performers
Sisters Madeline and Sarah Meyer, two independent student performers from Newton have recently been experimenting with collaborations of their talents. Madeline, the older of the two, focuses on vocals and the ukulele while Sarah performs piano and percussion. Madeline is currently in her third year as a member of the a cappella group, The Newtones and was featured as Dolores in a production of Babes in Arms to great acclaim. This past summer she performed in the World Youth Honors Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Sarah, a skilled pop and musical theater musician, is enjoying her second year with the Newton All-City Honors Treble Singers.
Formed in 1991 by saxophonist Ken Field and trumpeter Scott Getchell, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a funk & street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Leader Ken Field is a longtime member of the acclaimed modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and an active composer and performer.
The group’s most recent CD, “Forked Tongue”, spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart, and appeared on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice & in Estonia, plus in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and NY. The disc features unique treatments of music by Field, Ornette Coleman, Billy Idol, and others.
Notable Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performances have included the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade (New Orleans); the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC); Tonic (NYC); the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY); the Puffin Cultural Forum (New Jersey); Berklee Performance Center (Boston); and many other venues.
The Snake Ensemble has traveled by train six times from Boston to New Orleans, playing on board the Amtrak Crescent, to march with the Krewe of Muses in their annual Mardi Gras parade.
The Ensemble can be heard performing Field’s original music on “Parade of Numbers”, an animated counting piece regularly aired on the television program “Sesame Street”.
RSE’s debut release, “Year of the Snake”, includes music by Field, Sun Ra, John Scofield, James Brown, and others, and was listed as one of the top discs of the year on New York NPR affiliate WNYC, in the New Orleans Gambit Weekly, and on Radio Popolare in Milan, Italy.
“They’ve pretty much modernized the traditional concept, and they’ve spun it into a singular sound that’s very unique and very vibrant.
They accelerated the norm. They went past the tried and true. They managed to do it all with a very distinct musical persona.” — Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz, interviewed on National Public Radio
“A funky, brass heavy, street beat N’Awlins band led by the musical polymath Ken Field, whose debut CD was acclaimed as one of the best of the year by Brooklynite John Schaefer, the encyclopedic music director of WNYC, and by the New Orleans Gambit Weekly Newspaper, amongst others.” — Neil Feldman, Not Only Brooklyn
Band Members: Ken Field – Alto Sax, Stanley Swann – Drums, Blake Newman – Acoustic Bass, Jon Fraser – Trumpet, Jon Bernhardt – Theremin, Chuck Langford – Tenor Sax