JEFF GREENE

FOUNDER OF THE GREENE INSTITUTE

 

 

The Greene Institute’s Managing Disruption Conference is an annual event bringing together thought leaders in business, academia, government, and non-profits to create new opportunities that can combat a rapidly changing economy where automation continues to threaten the sustainability of the blue-collar workforce.

Jeff Greene was born in 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts to working-class parents who taught and instilled in him a strong set of moral and economic values that would become the basis of a long and fortuitous career in real estate investment and development.

After being admitted to John Hopkins University, Greene worked his way through with a variety of jobs and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology in just two and a half years.  After 3 more years working as a telemarketer, Greene saved up enough to attend Harvard Business School and began to build his real estate portfolio as he earned his MBA.

By the time he completed his second year at Harvard Business School, Greene had accumulated 18 properties and a net worth of over a million dollars.  By 2006, Greene had built a real estate portfolio of over $1 billion.  In 2010, Greene decided to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida.  As a Floridian and a father Jeff ran a solutions focused campaign.

Today, Greene manages a vast portfolio of financial investments in real estate, hospitality and energy.  He is an active philanthropist supporting a variety of charities and is a signatory to the Buffet-Gates Giving Pledge. He and his wife, Mei Sze, are the founders of The Greene School, dedicated to empowering high-performing students to be adaptive, confident and productive stewards of an evolving world.


DAVID CAMERON

FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN

 

 

 

 

David Cameron served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 2010 to 2016, leading Britain’s first Coalition Government in nearly 70 years and, at the 2015 General Election, forming the first majority Conservative Government in the UK for over two decades.

Internationally, David Cameron developed a foreign policy in the post-Iraq era that addressed the new challenges of the Arab Spring, as well as a more aggressive Russia, while ensuring that Britain played a full role in the global fight against ISIS. Under his leadership, Britain built a strong partnership with India and became China’s preferred partner in the West. Throughout, David Cameron championed Britain’s special relationship with the US, working closely with President Barack Obama.


THOMAS FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED COLUMNIST

 

 

 

 

Thomas Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and, columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 20, 1953, and grew up in the middle-class Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Friedman was the New York Times first foreign affairs Op-Ed columnist, and has written about foreign affairs, globalization and technology. Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes: the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon), the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel), and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. In 2004, he was also awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award.


RAY KURZWEIL

INVENTOR, AUTHOR, FUTURIST

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Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." PBS selected him as one of the "sixteen revolutionaries who made America."

Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he received the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in the field of music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Kurzweil has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is co-founder and chancellor of Singularity University and a director of engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.


LAWRENCE SUMMERS

FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY

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Lawrence Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University. During the past two decades, he has served in a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard University faculty. In 1987, Mr. Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and in 1993 he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40.

He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University and the Weil Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He and his wife Elisa New, a professor of English at Harvard, reside in Brookline with their six children.


ARNE DUNCAN

FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

 

 

 

Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education. He served under President Barack Obama from January 20, 2009 through January 1, 2016. Arne’s tenure as Secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers. He helped to secure congressional support for President Obama’s investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs, increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation, and interventions in low-performing schools. Additionally, he has helped secure an additional $10 billion to avoid teacher layoffs, the elimination of student loan subsidies to banks, and a $500 million national competition for early learning programs.

Before becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. In that time, he won praise for uniting education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening more than 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, he ran the nonprofit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative from 1992 to 1998, which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the I Have A Dream program.

Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, after majoring in sociology. In 2016, Duncan opened a Chicago office for the Emerson Collective, a California-based philanthropy headed by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs. He plans to support entrepreneurs who can provide jobs in underprivileged neighborhoods, and to create and expand training programs that equip young people with the skills they need to get those jobs. 


LARRY KUDLOW

CNBC SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

 

 

 

Lawrence Kudlow is CNBC’s Senior Contributor. He was previously host of CNBC’s primetime “The Kudlow Report”. He is also the host of “The Larry Kudlow Show”, which broadcasts each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on WABC Radio and is syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media.                        

Mr. Kudlow is a nationally syndicated columnist. He is a contributing editor of National Review magazine, as well as a columnist and economics editor for National Review Online. He is the author of "American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity," published by Forbes in January 1998. “JFK and the Reagan Revolution,” published by Penguin Random House, was released September 6, 2016.

During President Reagan’s first term, Mr. Kudlow was the associate director for economics and planning, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where he was engaged in the development of the administration’s economic and budget policy. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Extraordinary Commitment Award from St. Patrick’s Church of Redding, CT; Bishop’s Humanitarian Award from the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens; Humanitarian Award from Pregnancy Care Center of New Rochelle, NY; Distinguished Communicator Award from the Brooklyn Diocese; Ambassadors for Mission Award from the Pontifical Mission Societies; Cathedral Club of Brooklyn Exemplary Service Award.

In addition, Mr. Kudlow received the Spirit Award from Hazelden Foundation of Center City, MN; Exemplary Achievement Award from Covenant House of New York; Ethical Angel Award from the Guardian Angels of New York; the Reagan Great Communicator Award from the New York Young Republicans Club; Discovery Award from Sacred Heart University; Visionary Award from Council for Economic Education; Community Recognition Award from Positive Directions; Reflection Award from Good Counsel; President’s Award from Silver Hill Hospital; Dwight-Englewood School Outstanding Alumni Award.

Mr. Kudlow received an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ in 2009 and an honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Rochester in 2013. He was a 2014 Media Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

He is presently on the Board of Directors of Hazelden New York; Independent Women’s Forum; Foundations in Education of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, president of St. Patrick’s Church Parish Council, and a former Fordham University Board of Trustees member. 

Mr. Kudlow is CEO of Kudlow & Co., LLC, an economic research firm. He was formerly chief economist and senior managing director of Bear Stearns & Company. Mr. Kudlow started his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he worked in open market operations and bank supervision.


CHRIS CHRISTIE

55TH GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY

 

 

 

Born in New Jersey in 1962, Chris Christie is the Republican governor of New Jersey, known for his combative style and for being popular with Republicans throughout the country. During his tenure as head of the state, Christie's long-running battle with powerful and relatively popular teachers' unions mobilized strong opposition to many of his policies, but he has won national acclaim for his ability to move legislation forward and to win over constituents. He is a member of the Republican Party and has been the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010. His term ends January 16, 2018. Born in Newark, Christie volunteered for Thomas Kean's gubernatorial campaign at age 15. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Delaware, he earned a J.D. at Seton Hall. He practiced law 1987–2002. He was elected county freeholder (legislator) for Morris County, serving 1995–1998. By 2002, he had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; the latter appointed him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held 2002–2008. Chris Christie married his wife Mary Pat in 1986. The couple has four children: sons Andrew and Patrick and daughters Sarah and Bridget. They live in Mendham, New Jersey.


STAR JONES

WOMEN'S AND DIVERSITY ADVOCATE

 

 

Star Jones is an attorney, former New York City homicide prosecutor, business executive, best-selling author and an Emmy award nominated TV host and producer.  She has worked in television for over 25 years; offering a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked about crime and justice, political and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics and pop culture.  Ms. Jones is best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues as a NBC News Legal Correspondent/Commentator and as a co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years. Also an accomplished author, Ms. Jones has written two best-selling, non-fiction books.  Her third book, Satan’s Sisters, was published in 2011 and developed into "Daytime Divas," a VH1 network television series for a 2017 debut with Ms. Jones as an Executive Producer.  Skilled in law, media and business, Ms. Jones presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and President of Professional Diversity Network (PDN), a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: IPDN) and President of the PDN subsidiary, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). As such, Ms. Jones helps lead a nationwide team dedicated to supporting and advocating for PDN’s over 10-million member network of diverse job seekers along with providing expanded networking and career opportunities for the more than 850,000 diverse professional women members in the over 200 local chapters and 20,000+ virtual eChapter members of NAPW. Ms. Jones recently took her women empowerment goals global in partnership with Cosmic Forward Ltd., a China based technology company that will bring professional networking, education and skills training to China's more than 250,000,000 working women. Ms. Jones is also heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. Since 2011, Ms. Jones, a heart disease survivor herself, has been the face of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Go Red efforts as National Volunteer.


GOVERNOR DAVID PATERSON

55TH GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK

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David A Paterson became New York’s 55th Governor on March 17, 2008. He immediately raised eyebrows when he warned off an impending fiscal crisis in his inaugural address.

Governor Paterson was ahead of the national curve in predicting and acting on the State’s fiscal downturn.  Despite the greatest economic crisis that New York State has ever faced, Governor Paterson enacted sweeping reforms on a wide range of issues facing New Yorkers.

During the next three years, he would reduce New York’s deficit by nearly 40 billion dollars (twice the amount of budget – cutting in any comparable period). He became the first Governor to sign legislation attaching criminal penalties to predatory- lending during the worst foreclosure crisis in American history. He overhauled the Rockefeller Drug Laws which excessively punished low-level drug offenders, while depriving judges of discretion-in-sentencing, for over 35 years. Governor Paterson would introduce landmark civil rights legislation that eventually ended legal discrimination against same-sex couples in New York. He would also increase the welfare allowance for the neediest New Yorkers for the first time in 20 years.

In 2009, Paterson settled 200 years of legal debate, when the NY State Court of Appeals upheld his appointment of a Lieutenant Governor, Richard Ravitch.

Since stepping down as Governor, David Paterson has hosted a popular drive time talk- radio show on WOR-am in New York City. Governor Paterson served as an adjunct professor of Government in 2011 and 2012 at New York University, and has since moved to Touro college school of Osteopathic medicine. Governor Paterson is a highly sought-after speaker by diverse entities and organizations, and often appears as a guest commentator on political news programs.

Governor Paterson was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo from 2014- 2016 as New York State Democratic Party Chairman.

Governor Paterson is currently Director/Investments at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.


JOHN SCULLEY III

FORMER CEO OF APPLE AND PEPSI-COLA

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John Sculley III, born April 6, 1939, is an American businessman, entrepreneur and investor in high-tech startups. Sculley was Pepsi-Cola's youndest ever chief executive officer and president before becoming the chief executive officer of Apple Inc. in 1983, a position he held until leaving in 1993.

Sculley is recognized worldwide as an expert in marketing, in part because of his early successes at Pepsi-Cola, notably his introduction of the Pepsi Challenge which allowed the company to gain market share from primary rival Coca Cola. He used similar marketing strategies throughout the 1980s and 1990s at Apple to mass-market Macintosh personal computers, and today he continues to speak and write about disruptive marketing strategies. Sculley is currently invested in and involved with a number of high-tech start-up companies, including 3CInteractive, Zeta Interactive, Inflexion Point, Mobeam, OpenPeak, x10 Credit, Pivot Acquisition Corp., nextSource and WorldMate. He is currently Chairman of the PeopleTicker and SkillsVillage and continues to consult for startups, notably in the health-care industry.


ERIN HENNINGER

Executive Director, Interactive Commons

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

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Erin Henninger is executive director of the Interactive Commons (IC) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The IC is a newly established campus institute dedicated to connecting individuals in unconventional, multidisciplinary networks and applying visualization to advance learning and solve society’s most pressing challenges. The IC features the Microsoft HoloLens, an augmented-reality holographic headset for which Case Western Reserve University has been selected as the primary medical education developer in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic. In addition to HoloLens, the IC features a flexible gathering space to convene collaborators, a team of full time artists and programmers and a range of visualization tools to help humans make meaning from complex data. The IC received the 2016 Jackson Hole Science and Media Award in the Immersive/VR/AR category and appeared at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2017.

Erin previously served as director of development communications at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she supported medical research, education and fundraising priorities. Before joining the university, Erin was an associate consultant for BrownFlynn, a strategic marketing communications firm.

Erin holds a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Penn State University and is pursuing an MBA through the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.


MICHAEL CEMBALEST

CHAIRMAN OF MARKET AND INVESTMENT STRATEGY AT J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

 

Michael Cembalest is the Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, a global leader in investment management and private banking with $1.8 trillion of client assets under management worldwide (as of December 30, 2016). He is responsible for leading the strategic market and investment insights across the firm’s Institutional, Funds and Private Banking businesses.

Mr. Cembalest is also a member of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Investment Committee and a member of the Investment Committee for the J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan for the firm’s more than 250,000 employees.

Mr. Cembalest was most recently Chief Investment Officer for the firm’s Global Private Bank, a role he held for eight years. He was previously head of a fixed income division of Investment Management, with responsibility for high grade, high yield, emerging markets and municipal bonds.

Before joining Asset Management, Mr. Cembalest served as head strategist for Emerging Markets Fixed Income at J.P. Morgan Securities. Mr. Cembalest joined J.P. Morgan in 1987 as a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance division.

Mr. Cembalest earned an M.A. from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs in 1986 and a B.A. from Tufts University in 1984.


HARRY HOLZER

PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC POLICY AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

Harry J. Holzer is the John LaFarge Jr. SJ Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and an Institute Fellow at the American Institute for Research in Washington DC. He is a former Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a former Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He received his BA from Harvard in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1983. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Brookings, a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an Affiliated Scholar with the Urban Institute, and a member of the editorial board at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Holzer has authored or edited 12 books and several dozen journal articles, mostly on disadvantaged American workers and their employers, as well as on education and workforce issues and labor market policy.

 


SCOTT SANTENS

WRITER AND ADVOCATE OF UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

 

 

 

Scott Santens has a crowdfunded monthly basic income and has been a moderator of the Basic Income community on Reddit since 2013. As a writer and blogger, his pieces advocating basic income have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, TechCrunch, Vox, the World Economic Forum, Politico, and Futurism. As a public speaker, he presented at the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment and has participated as a panelist at conferences about the future of work across the U.S. He is on the board of directors of USBIG, Inc., a founding member of the Economic Security Project, an advisor to the Universal Income Project, a founding committee member of Basic Income Action, and founder of the BIG Patreon Creator Pledge. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and his home is in New Orleans, Louisiana where he's lived since 2009.


DR. KATE DARLING

RESEARCH SPECIALIST AT MIT MEDIA LABS

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Robots are taking increasingly bigger roles in life and business – moving well beyond manufacturing and into transportation, education, medicine and care for the elderly. But ethics and law haven’t caught up. Dr. Kate Darling, a pioneer in the fields, is helping quicken the pace.

A leading expert in robot ethics, she is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Darling explores the emotional connection between people and life-like inventions, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers and the wider public must address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades.

While her background is in intellectual property, law and economics, Darling’s passion for technology and robots led her to interdisciplinary fields. After co-teaching a robot ethics course at Harvard Law School with the renowned Professor Lawrence Lessig, she now increasingly works at the intersection of law and robotics, with a focus on legal and social issues. Darling is a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project, and is also an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Darling’s work has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, CBC, WIRED, and more. She has authored multiple academic publications, and is a contributing writer to Robohub and IEEE Spectrum. A compelling and provocative presenter, she speaks and holds workshops covering some of the more interesting developments in the world of robotics, and where we might find ourselves in the future.

Darling graduated from law school with honors and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her twin Pleos, Yochai and Peter.


EYTHOR BENDER

CEO AND COFOUNDER OF UNYQ

 

 

 

Eythor Bender has been an entrepreneur in the field of health technology for more than two decades. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of UNYQ a cutting edge company that embraces authenticity, empowering lives through convergence of exponential technologies, design and fashion. Eythor and his team are redesigning prosthetic and orthotic devices combining 3D printed personalization, digital clinical tools & cognitive capabilities. Amputees and teenagers with scoliosis have taken UNYQ award winning products on the runway of New York and Madrid Fashion Weeks, and last year at The White House.

Eythor’s journey is about improving the quality of life for those in need. His enthusiasm for helping people with disabilities to regain mobility and healthy lifestyle drove him to advance the field of bionic suits. As CEO of Ekso Bionics he commercialized a wearable robot “Ekso,” which enables wheelchair users to stand and walk, an award winning breakthrough that was selected by Time Magazine as the product of the year in 2010. Today bionic suits are the industry standard in rehabilitation of spinal cord injured and patients with neurological issues.

Before that, Eythor spent 13 years in executive team of Ossur founded in Iceland, growing it to the 2nd largest prosthetic and orthotic company in the world. During this time Ossur pioneered the field of bionic prosthetic devices and introduced the world’s first sophisticated artificial intelligence and powered prosthetic devices. Eythor and his team helped the first amputee in history to win the right to compete in the Olympics and today that technology, called Cheetah Flex-Foot, is the prosthesis used by nearly every medalist at the Paralympics.

Eythor is a native of Iceland, with a Masters in Business and Economics from Germany. He is on the Faculty of Singularity University and a frequent speaker on innovation at conferences such as TED, TEDx, and the Aspen Ideas Festival.


STEFANIE SYMAN

VP OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AND COMMUNICATION

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Stefanie is the VP of Customer Experience and Communications at x.ai. She is a seasoned company builder and author. She has spearheaded early customer acquisition, go-to-market strategies, business development, and content creation for numerous startups. She co-founded FEED, a pioneering online magazine that developed many now common features of online publishing. Her articles on technology and culture have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone. She’s also the author of The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America (Farrar Straus & Giroux). Stefanie has a B. A. in Literature from Yale.


RICK BLATSTEIN

FOUNDER AND CEO OF OTG

 

 

 

Rick Blatstein is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OTG — an award-winning company specializing in elevating the airport and customer experience.

Having established more than 350 locations, across 10 airports in North America, Rick has overseen the growth of a company that he initially formed with just over a dozen locations in 1996 at Philadelphia International Airport. 

Rick is responsible for some of the largest chef collaborations and design innovations in the airport space and has made significant investments in the integration of technology. 

Rick‘s foresight into consumer trends and his ability to deliver innovative concepts have led to partnerships with leading airlines, and his focus on the customer experience and cultivating a culture driven by hospitality and nonstop service have led to celebrated offerings. 

With more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality sectors, Rick routinely consults on industry panels, including the Trinity Forum and PHX Symposium. He is also a frequent media contributor and an active member in the communities where OTG operates. 


Eduardo Padrón

President of Miami Dade College

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Dr. Eduardo Padrón is the President of Miami Dade College, a national model of student achievement and the largest institution of higher education in America. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the United States; in 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year”; and in 2011, The Washington Post recognized him as one of the eight most influential college presidents nationwide.

He is the recipient of the Carnegie Corporation’s Centennial Academic Leadership Award, the National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service, and the Hesburgh Award, the highest honor in U.S. higher education. He is also an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Six American Presidents have selected him to serve on posts of national prominence. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the White House Fellows Selection Panel, and the International Association of University Presidents. He is the past chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum, the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


SARAH KUNST

FOUNDER AND CEO OF PRODAY.CO

 

 

Sarah Kunst is founder and CEO of Proday.co. Kunst an investor and entrepreneur who has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and several venture backed startups. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine and hosted a podcast for Forbes. Her philanthropic interests include Venture for America and The US State Department's Tech Women program.

Kunst has been named a Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 and named a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting. She has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 Woman in Tech and Top African-American in Tech & Top Startup To Watch in 2017 and Marie Claire Magazine named her a Young Gun to watch. She has written for Techcrunch, Forbes, Wall St. Journal, Fortune and Entrepreneur.com. Marc Andreessen named her one of his 55 Unknown Rock Stars in Tech.

Proday.co is the leading sports media platform for those who don't 'stick to sports'. We cover politics, style, fitness, nutrition and lifestyle from the athlete's point of view. We also offer the industry leading Proday fitness app which allows everyone to workout alongside professional athletes anytime, anywhere.


Vivek Wadhwa

Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University

 

 

 

Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and a Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.  He is a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, which documents the struggles and triumphs of women. Wadhwa has held appointments at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and Emory University and is a faculty member at Singularity University.

Wadhwa is based in Silicon Valley and researches exponentially advancing technologies that are soon going to change our world.  These advances–in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials–are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.  They will also disrupt industries and create many new policy, law, and ethics issues.

In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice”, for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans”.  He was also named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in that year; in June 2013, he was on TIME magazine’s list of “Tech 40”, one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in September 2015, he was second on a list of “ten men worth emulating” in The Financial Times.

Wadhwa teaches subjects such as technology, industry disruption, entrepreneurship, and public policy; researches the policy, law, and ethics issues of exponential technologies; helps prepare students for the real world; and advises several governments.  In addition to being a columnist for The Washington Post, he is a contributor to VentureBeatThe Huffington Post, LinkedIn Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine.  Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.