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Megan Reitz

Renowned Educator, Researcher and Consultant on Leadership and Dialogue; HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinkers; Thinkers50 Radar of Global Business Thinkers; Author, “Speak Up”; Professor, Ashridge Executive Education, Hult Business School

Shalene Gupta

Writer and Journalist; Research Associate, Harvard Business School; Co-Author, “The Power of Trust” (2021)

Dava Newman

Director, MIT Media Lab; Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT; Former NASA Administrator; Multidisciplinary Authority on the Requirements of Human Performance in Aerospace Futures

Sandra J. Sucher

Internationally Recognized Authority and Researcher on How Organizations Become Trusted; Co-Author, “The Power of Trust” (2021); Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School

Constance Hadley

Authority on Team Dynamics Who Helps Leaders Foster a Culture of Psychological Safety and Well-Being in the Workplace; Expert on Leadership Strategies and Processes for Building Collaborative, Resilient Organizations in Remote Work; Management and Organizations Lecturer, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Betsy Levy Paluck

Leading Authority on Social Norms and Norm Change, Individual and Social Network-wide Behavioral Change, and the Reduction of Prejudice and Conflict; 2017 MacArthur Fellow and Professor, Princeton University

Kristin Judge

Award-winning, Nationally Recognized Cybersecurity Expert Who Advises Private and Public Sector Organizations on Cybercrime Detection and Prevention; Former Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA); CEO & Founder, Cybercrime Support Network

Ariel Ekblaw

Founder and Director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative; Authority on Blockchain, Decentralized Networks, and Distributed Systems Technologies Exploring Digital Currencies; Leading Expert on the TESSERAE Platform, Supersymmetry and Big Data Programming; Researcher, Mars2020 Rover Hardware Systems Engineering at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Debora Spar

New York Times Bestselling Author and Leading Expert on How Technology Shapes Business, Political and Social Structures, Gender Roles, and Society; Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School Online; Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Carol Sanford

Global Authority on System Design Changes That Create Sustainable Growth and Root Out Biases; High Impact Change Agent and Long-Time Leadership Advisor to Fortune 500 Executives; Founder and Leader of The Regenerative Business Development Community; Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author, “The Regenerative Life” (2020)

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Global Authority on Foreign Affairs, Leadership, and Gender Equality; CEO of New America; University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

Linda A. Hill

World-renowned Expert on Leadership and Diversity-Driven Innovation; Award-winning Co-author of Bestseller “Collective Genius;” Co-founder, Paradox Strategies Leadership Advisory Firm; Chair of the Leadership Initiative and Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Wendy Fischman

Leading Expert on Learning, Education and Human Development; Project Director at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, “Making Good”

Amy Edmondson

Authority on Psychological Safety and Team Learning in the Workplace; Bestselling Author, “The Fearless Organization” (2018); Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

Zeynep Ton

Award-winning Operations Strategist Whose Profit-Driving Frameworks Satisfy Investors, Customers and Employees; Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Founder, Good Jobs Institute (GJI); Author, “The Good Jobs Strategy” (2014)

Jennifer Petriglieri

Leadership Development Authority with Expertise in Crisis Management, Dual-Career Couples and Gender Balance in the Workplace; Award-winning Researcher and Organizational Performance Expert; Associate Professor and Director of the Executive Education Management Acceleration Programme, INSEAD; Author, “Couples That Work” (2019)

Henny Admoni

Leading Authority on Human-robot Interaction; Assistant Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Mosconi

Pioneering Authority on Brain Health, Women’s Brains, and Brain Nutrition; Director, Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC); Associate Director, WCMC/New York-Presbyterian Hospital Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic; New York Times Bestselling Author of “The XX Brain” (2020)

Christina Qi

Successful Hedge Fund Entrepreneur with Vast Expertise in Investing, Emerging Technologies and Corporate Leadership; Visiting Lecturer at MIT and Harvard Business School; Contributor to World Economic Forum Research; Founding Partner, Domeyard LP and CEO, Databento; Author, “The Finance Snake” (2021)

Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, MD

Changemaker and Trailblazer in Leadership and Medicine; Former CEO and Director, Defense Health Agency; Retired Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy; Director, COVID-19 Health System Response Management, Washington State; Chief Health Officer, Viking

Pamela Meyer

Leading Expert on Trust in a Post-truth World; Nation’s Leading Expert on Spotting Lies, Inside Threats and the Science of Deception; Top 20 TED Speaker, “How to Spot a Liar”; Best-selling Author, “Liespotting”; CEO, Calibrate

Meggie Palmer

Leading Expert on Increasing Diversity in the Workplace; Innovative Entrepreneur Focused on Closing the Gender Pay Gap; Award-winning Journalist and Foreign Correspondent; Founder, PepTalkHer

Kelly Peters

Behavioral Economics Expert and Leader in Applying Human Insights to Business Strategy, Marketing and Operations; Faculty Lecturer, Rotman Business School of Management; Co-founder and CEO, BEworks

Renee Richardson Gosline

Leading Marketing Expert Specializing in the Intersection of Behavioral Economics and Technology; Authority and Practitioner on Brand Strategy, Customer Experience and Inclusive Leadership; Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020; Senior Lecturer in the Management Science Group, MIT Sloan School of Management; Principal Research Scientist, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy; Digital Fellow, Stanford Digital Economy Lab

E. Freya Williams

Leading Expert on Implementing Sustainable Business Practices Within Large Companies and Emerging Startups; Branding and Communications Strategist Specializing in the Opportunities in Purpose- and Sustainability-led Transformation; Consultant to Leading Global Brands and Architect of Highly Successful Campaigns and Initiatives; Author, “Green Giants;” North American CEO, Futerra

Katharine Wilkinson

Renowned Climate Change Strategist, Author and Expert on How Organizations and Changemakers Can Lead on Climate; Trusted Advisor to Business and Government Leaders, Investors, Organizations and Communities; Senior Writer, New York Times Bestseller “Drawdown” (2017); Editor-in-Chief, “The Drawdown Review” (2020); Co-editor, “All We Can Save” (2020); Co-host, “A Matter of Degrees” Podcast; Co-founder, The All We Can Save Project; One of 15 “Women Who Will Save the World,” Time Magazine

Neri Oxman

Award-winning Architect, Designer and Inventor; Pioneer of the Field of Material Ecology; Leading Authority on “Hacking” Nature for the Purposes of Speculative and Practical Design; Founder, Mediated Matter Research Group; Professor, MIT Media Lab

Barbara Kahn

Renowned Brand Marketing Strategist Whose Retailing Success Matrix Offers Companies Winning Strategies for Surviving Disruption; Expert on Brand Loyalty, Management and Consumer Decision-Making; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School; Executive Director, Marketing Science Institute

Courtney D. Cogburn

Pioneer in Using Virtual Reality to Expose the Devastating Impact of Racism on Individuals, Organizations and Society; Expert on Understanding How Racism in the Media Affects Human Health; Transdisciplinary Scholar; Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Christina Åkerman, MD

World-Renowned Physician and Expert on Value-Based Health Care; Leading Authority on Creating Common Global Standards for Measuring Patient Outcomes; Senior Institute Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School; Former President, ICHOM

Kelly Palmer

Cutting-Edge Thought Leader on the Future of Work, the Future of Learning, and the Challenge of Upskilling and Reskilling the Workforce; Chief Learning Officer, Degreed; Co-Author, “The Expertise Economy” (2018)

Ayanna Howard

Pioneering Innovator, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Robotic Technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Industry, Health Care and Education; Founder and Board Director, Zyrobotics; Dean, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University; Bestselling Author, “Sex, Race and Robots” (2020)

Mary Lou Jepsen

Acclaimed Futurist, Inventor, Entrepreneur & Technology Thought Leader; Pioneer in Medical Imaging and Telepathic Technology; Former Professor, MIT Media Lab; Founder, Openwater

Isha Datar

Cellular Agriculture Pioneer; Executive Director, New Harvest; Co-Founder, Perfect Day (fka Muufri) and Clara Foods

Neha Narula

Foremost Expert on Digital Currencies and Blockchains; Financial Democratization Enthusiast; Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab

Pattie Maes

Pioneering Authority on Human-Computer Interaction, AI and Human Augmentation; Entrepreneur; Director, MIT Program in Media Arts and Sciences; Professor, MIT

Rana el Kaliouby

Rana El Kaliouby

Pioneer and Inventor of Emotion and Human Perception AI; Visionary Entrepreneur and Authority on Developing and Implementing Ethical Business Strategies; Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva; Author, “Girl Decoded,” (April 2020); Executive Fellow, Harvard Business School

Beth Altringer

Unrivaled Authority on Design Thinking; Expert on Combining Design, Behavioral Science and Innovation to Create Better Products, Services & Experiences; Harvard University Professor and Desirability Lab Founder

Rosalind W. Picard

Leading Expert on AI, Digital Health, Affective Computing and Wearables; Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Affectiva, Inc. and Co-founder and Chairman of Empatica, Inc.; Innovator and Professor, MIT Media Lab

Amy Webb

World-Renowned Futurist and Leading Authority on Forecasting and Strategic Foresight for Business; Founder, Future Today Institute; NYU Stern School of Business Professor; Nonresident Senior Fellow Atlantic Council; Visiting Fellow, Oxford University Säid School of Business; Fellow, US-Japan Leadership Program; 3x Bestselling Author, “The Signals Are Talking,” “The Big Nine” and “Data, A Love Story”

Zoë Chance

Expert on Persuasion and Decision-Making; Leverages Behavioral Economics to Help People & Business Do Better; Professor, Yale School of Management; Author, “Influence for Nice People” (2022)

Julia Freeland Fisher

Expert on the Future of Education, Focused on Building Students’ Social Capital, Competency-Based Education and Blending Learning; Director, Education at Clayton Christensen Institute; Co-Author, “Who You Know” (2018)

Sherry Turkle

Expert on Technology’s Role in Transforming Relationships; New York Times Bestselling Author, “Reclaiming Conversation;” Author, “The Empathy Diaries” (March 2021); Sociologist and MIT Professor

Michelle R. Weise

Leading Expert on Designing the Future of Learning and Work in the Age of Longevity; Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Senior Advisor at Imaginable Futures; Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021; Author, “Long Life Learning” (November 2020)

Elizabeth Teisberg

Elizabeth Teisberg

Health Care Transformation Visionary and Pioneer in Value-Based Care Delivery; Dell Medical School Professor; Harvard Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness

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Ann Christensen

Leading Expert on Disruptive Innovation in Business, Health Care, Education, and Economic Development; President, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Rebecca Henderson

Global Authority on Sustainable Business Growth; Economist, Organizational Change Strategist and Researcher; Author, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire” (2020); Professor, Harvard Business School

Karen Dillon

Authority on Leadership, Innovation and Problem-solving; Co-author with the late Clayton Christensen of Bestsellers “How Will You Measure Your Life?,” “Competing Against Luck” and the “The Prosperity Paradox” (2019); Former Harvard Business Review Editor; Master Moderator

Tammy Erickson

Award-Winning Author and Expert on the Changing Workforce, Generations at Work, and Organizational Collaboration; Adjunct Professor, Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School

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Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Distinguished Expert on Strategy, Innovation and Leadership for Corporate Change; Social Scientist and Harvard Business School Professor; New York Times Best-Selling Author, “Think Outside the Building” (January 2020)