Pankaj Ghemawat is the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School, in Spain. Prior to that he was the youngest full professor ever appointed at Harvard Business School. Best known for his work on globalization, Ghemawat has written several landmark books, more than 100 research articles and case studies and is one of the world's best-selling authors of teaching cases. Recent honors include the McKinsey Award for the best article published in the Harvard Business Review and the Irwin Educator of the Year award from the Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management.
March 6th, 2014
February 27th, 2014
Dan Glickman is a Bipartisan Center senior fellow, and he
co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform, Democracy Project,
Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, and Task Force on Defense
Budget and Strategy. Glickman served as the U.S. secretary of
agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership,
the Department of Agriculture administered farm and conservation
programs, modernized food-safety regulations, forged international trade
agreements to expand U.S. markets, and improved its commitment to
fairness and equality in civil rights.
February 20th, 2014
Lou Dobbs, currently the host of Fox Business News Lou Dobbs Tonight,
is a legendary broadcaster, bestselling author and one of the most
respected and insightful voices on politics, economics, society, and
business. For three decades, Dobbs has brought an unwavering American
perspective to the most important issues of our day. Born in Texas and
currently living in New Jersey, Dobbs is the New York Times bestselling
author of Exporting America, War on the Middle Class and Independents
Day: Awakening the American Spirit.
February 13th, 2014
George Pataki served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York
State, from 1995 through 2006. At the end of his twelve years as
Governor, New York State had its lowest rate of welfare dependency in
over 40 years, its lowest rate of violent crime in over 40 years, had
cut state taxes by over $140 billion, had almost 700,000 more private
sector jobs, its highest credit rating in over 40 years, and billions of
dollars in surplus. Governor Pataki also led New York State through the
attacks of September 11th and its aftermath.
February 6th, 2014
Michael D. Rich is the president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, the world's leading nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization. Rich was credited with building and leading numerous programs and initiatives, including the development and adoption of a new institutional strategy in 1995 that emphasized diversification and growth, and made sweeping changes to RAND's structure and operations. Rich was the driving force in establishing and growing RAND's research and analysis practice in the Middle East and guided the successful spin-off of the Council for Aid to Education.
January 31st, 2014
Erik Dean Prince is an American businessman and former U.S. Navy
SEAL, best known for founding the world’s largest private military
company, Blackwater USA, in 1997. He served as its CEO until 2009 and
later as chairman until Blackwater Worldwide was sold in 2010 to a group
of investors. Prince currently lives in the United Arab Emirates.
Prince is the author of “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of
Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.”
January 24th, 2014
Joseph Peter "Joe" Pantoliano is an American film and television
actor. He played the character of Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos, Bob
Keane in La Bamba, Cypher in The Matrix, Guido "the Killer Pimp" in
Risky Business, and Jennifer Tilly's violent mobster boyfriend, Caesar,
in Bound. Beyond his impressive acting career, Pantoliano produced an
educational documentary and founded a non-profit organization called “No
Kidding, Me Too” to unite members of the entertainment industry in
educating the public about mental illness.
January 17th, 2014
Senator George J. Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career.
He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the international law firm DLA
Piper. Previously, he served as a United States District judge; as
Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace
negotiations in Northern Ireland which resulted in an agreement that
ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to
the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most
influential people in the world. For six consecutive years he was voted
the most respected member of the United States Senate by a bipartisan
group of senior Congressional aides. After leaving the Senate he created
a college scholarship fund for needy students which has since provided
nearly $9 million in direct assistance to almost 2,000 students.
January 10th, 2014
Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, and
director of engineering at Google. 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 is the recipient of the National Medal
of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame,
holds twenty honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York
Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A
December 27th, 2013
Martin Spinelli is a writer, radio producer and professor. His bestselling book "After the Crash" (Mainstream Publishing/Random House UK, April 2013) tells the story of his son's miraculous recovery from a car accident caused by distracted driving and his own personal transformation. Martin Spinelli travels the world speaking on the dangers of distracted driving.