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Debora Spar

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

Carol Sanford

Prolific and Award-winning Writer and Thought Leader; Advisor on Systemic Business Change and Design to Global Fortune 500 Organizations; Founder and Leader of The Regenerative Business Development Community

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; Best-selling Author, “The Fearless Organization” (2018); 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”

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

Renowned Authority on Health and Nutrition for Brain Health; Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative; Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College; New York Times Best-selling Author of “Brain Food” (2018) and “The XX Brain” (2020)

Christina Qi

Financial Technology Expert; Founding Partner, Domeyard LP; CEO, Databento; Contributor to World Economic Forum’s Research on AI in Finance; Visiting Lecturer at MIT and MIT Board Member

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

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

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 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) and “Drawdown Review” (2020); Co-editor, “All We Can Save” (2020)

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; Co-author, “The Politics Industry” (2020)

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, “Mission Economy” (January 2021)

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)

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

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

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” (2021)

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 “The Empathy Diaries” (March 2021); Expert on Technology and Its Role in Transforming Relationships in a Digital Society; Sociologist and MIT Professor

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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; 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)