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 was born May 20, 1954, in Brooklyn, NY to Portia and Basil Paterson. He earned his bachelor's degree in History from Columbia University in 1977, and completed his J.D. at Hofstra Law School in 1982. Paterson was the first non-white Secretary of State in New York and the first African-American Vice-Chair of the National Democratic Party. In 1985 he was elected to represent Harlem in the New York State Senate. And in 2002, he became the minority leader of the New York State Senate, the first non-white legislative leader in New York's history. He made history again in 2004 when he became the first visually impaired person to address the Democratic National Convention, held in Boston, Massachusetts. Paterson was elected New York's first African-American Lieutenant Governor on November 7, 2006. On March 17, 2008, he became governor, completing the unexpired term of Governor Eliot Spitzer following Governor Spitzer's resignation. Paterson, who is legally blind, is nationally recognized as a leading active advocate for the visually and physically impaired.

Since leaving office, Paterson has been a radio talk show host on station WOR in New York City, and was appointed Chairman of the New York Democratic Party by his successor as governor, Andrew Cuomo. 


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.


LOIS FRANKEL

CONGRESSWOMAN FOR FLORIDA'S 21ST DISTRICT

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Lois Frankel is an American politician and lawyer who has been the United States Representative for Florida's 21st congressional district since 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Frankel is an experienced public servant with a strong record of bringing jobs and opportunity to South Florida. After serving 14 years in the Florida state legislature, including as the first woman Democratic Minority Leader, Lois became Mayor of West Palm Beach in 2003, where she served for eight years. Lois was first elected November 6, 2012 as the first woman to represent Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. In 2016, Lois was re-elected to represent the newly drawn 21st District of Florida and was also elected as Co-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus for the 115th Congress. Lois serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs Committees.


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.