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Meggie Palmer

Leading Expert on Retaining Female Leaders and Diversity; Innovative Entrepreneur Focused on Closing the Gender Pay Gap; Award-winning Journalist and Foreign Correspondent; Founder, PepTalkHer

Kelly Peters

Expert in Behavioral Science as Applied to Business Strategy, Marketing and Operations; Faculty Lecturer, Rotman School of Management; Co-Founder and CEO, BEworks

Renee Richardson Gosline

Leading Marketing Expert Specializing in the Intersection of Technology and Behavioral Economics; Authority on Brand Strategy, User Experience and Leadership; World’s Top 40 Professors Under 40, Poets & Quants; Senior Lecturer in the Management Science Group, MIT Sloan School of Management

Marianne Eaves

Leadership and Entrepreneurship Expert; Spirited Visionary and Kentucky’s First Female Bourbon Master Distiller Since Prohibition

E. Freya Williams

Leading Expert on Sustainability and its Positive Impact on Consumers, Business and Investors; CEO North America of Futerra; Author, “Green Giants”

Katharine Wilkinson

Renowned Strategist, Expert and Author on How Organizations and Changemakers Can Address the Climate Crisis; Advisor on Advancing and Communicating Proactive Climate Solutions; Senior Writer, New York Times Best-Seller “Drawdown” (2017)

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

Leading Authority on Retailing, Marketing and Branding in an Age of Uncertainty; Expert on Brand Loyalty and Management and Consumer Decision-Making; Patty and Jay H. Baker 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

Katherine Gehl

Foremost Authority on Political Innovation; Leading Expert on Applying the Lessons of Competition in Business to U.S. Politics; Activist and Champion of Systemic Political Change; President & CEO, Gehl Foods Holding Corporation

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

Renowned Educator, Researcher and Innovator in the Cutting-Edge Fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; Pioneering Developer of Robotic Technology for Pediatric Health Care; Founder and CTO, Zyrobotics; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

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

Mariana Mazzucato

Global Expert on Economic and Innovation Policy; Esteemed Public Sector Consultant Focused on Developing Government-led, Mission-oriented Investments; Professor, University College London; Author, “The Entrepreneurial State” (2013) and “The Value of Everything” (September 2018); Recipient of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

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

Co-Author, “Girl Decoded” (April 2020); Pioneer of Artificial Emotional Intelligence; Technology Evangelist, Inventor and Research Scientist; Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva

Beth Altringer

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

Rosalind W. Picard

Affective Computing Authority and Expert on Emotional Machines Impact on Marketing and Medicine; MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Research Group Director; Co-Founder, Affectiva and Empatica

Amy Webb

Leading Authority on Forecasting and Strategy for Business and Society; Founder, Future Today Institute; NYU Stern Professor, Strategic Foresight; Futures Forecasting; Best-selling Author, “The Signals Are Talking” and “The Big Nine” (2019)

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” (2020)

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

New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Reclaiming Conversation”; Expert on Technology and Its Role in Transforming Relationships in a Digital Society; Sociologist and MIT Professor

Michelle R. Weise, Ph.D., a Senior Research Fellow at the Higher Education Clayton Christensen Institute in San Mateo, California. Darcy Padilla / Agence VU

Michelle R. Weise

Leading Authority on the Future of the Workforce and Innovative Employment Pathways; Expert on How Disruptive Innovation is Transforming Higher Education; Senior VP, Strada Education Network; Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work; Co-Author with Clayton Christensen, “Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution”

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

Foremost Authority on Sustainable Business, Technology and Innovation; 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 Clay 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; Best-Selling Author, “Think Outside the Building” (January 2020)