2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

RAY DALIO

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates

ORIS STUART

Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association

TINA TCHEN

President and Chief Executive Officer of TIME’S UP

LINDSEY VONN

Olympic Gold Medal Skier and 82-Time World Cup Skiing Champion

RAY DALIO

Ray Dalio is the founder, co-Chief Investment Officer and co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, which is a global macro investment firm and is the world’s largest hedge fund. He’s also the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Principles: Life and Work. He is known to have a very practical understanding of economics that is very different from conventional economic thinking that he spells out in his video series “How the Economic Machine Works”.

He started Bridgewater in 1975 out of a two bedroom apartment in New York City and has been a global macro investor for more than 45 years.

While at Bridgewater his industry-changing approaches to investing — which include the invention of risk parity, currency overlay, portable alpha and global inflation indexed bond management — prompted Chief Investment Officer magazine to write an article entitled “Is Ray Dalio the Steve Jobs of Investing?,” which compared his industry-changing inventions to those of the Apple founder. According to an industry study, Bridgewater’s hedge fund has made more money for its investors than any other hedge fund ever — an estimated $49.7 billion. Bridgewater Associates has received numerous awards, including over twenty “Manager of the Year” awards from every major financial publication, and Ray has received three “Lifetime Achievement” awards. Additionally, a long list of economic policymakers actively seek his advice, which prompted Time Magazine in 2012 to name him “One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World”.

Ray is an active philanthropist with a particular interest in oceanographic research and conservation. He is a participant in The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give more than half of his wealth to charity.

Ray believes that reality works like a machine and that principles for dealing with reality are required to be successful.

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates

ORIS STUART

Oris Stuart is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, where he is responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. He provides oversight, leadership, and best practices on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, oversees efforts to increase the number of minority- and women-owned suppliers, and supports efforts to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent. Oris is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to ensure engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels.

Oris has more than 15 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Before joining the NBA in June 2015, he spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice. He provided organizational, strategic, and technology advisory services that helped directors, chief executives, and senior leaders address a wide range of global talent, diversity, and inclusion challenges. His industry focus included life sciences, financial services, utility, quick service restaurants, retail, professional services, and healthcare.

Previously, Oris served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s preeminent diversity and inclusion consultancy and training firm. During his tenure with Global Novations, Oris supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, oversaw a tenfold increase in the firm’s size, and engineered its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.

Earlier in his career, Oris served as a senior business manager and strategy, operations, and technology consultant for organizations including Deloitte, Providian, and Wingspan Technology.

Oris holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association.

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the National Basketball Association 

TINA TCHEN

Tina Tchen is the President and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, where she oversees the organizations’ strategic plans to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected more than 4,000 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.

A former assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked for decades to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.

President and Chief Executive Officer of TIME’S UP

LINDSEY VONN

Lindsey Vonn is the most decorated American ski racer in history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. Lindsey burst onto the international skiing scene in 1999 at the age of 14 and has since captivated the world with her perseverance and superhuman abilities on the slopes. She’s won four World Cup overall championships—one of only two female skiers to do so– with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012. Lindsey won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first such title for an American woman. She also won a record 8 World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline, 5 titles in super-G, and 3 consecutive titles in the combined. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the overall record for men or women. Her total of 82 World Cup victories is a women’s record. Although Lindsey single handedly put American ski racing on the map, her journey was punctuated by devastating setbacks and brutal injuries. In February 2019, Lindsey announced her retirement from ski racing. Lindsey puts down her skis as an undisputed icon and crossover star. With her vast social media following, growing portfolio of books and TV projects, and commitment to her namesake Foundation, Lindsey looks forward to the next chapter of her life as she continues to build her legacy and empower women of all ages across the globe.

Olympic Gold Medal Skier and 82-Time World Cup Skiing Champion

BIO

Ray Dalio is the Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates. He started Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York in 1975 and under his leadership, the firm has grown into the fifth most important private company in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine.

For his and Bridgewater’s industry-changing innovations as well as his work advising policymakers around the world, Ray has been called the “Steve Jobs of Investing” by aiCIO Magazine and Wired Magazine, and named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

He is also the author of The New York Times #1 Bestseller Principles, which outlines his work and life principles, the foundation of Bridgewater’s distinctive culture and the cornerstone of his and Bridgewater’s success. Ray and Bridgewater also recently published Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises, the first public dissemination of their research on these economic events, which enabled them to anticipate the 2008 Financial Crisis. Ray is currently working on his third book, which will outline his investment principles.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from C.W. Post College and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, for over 40 years and has four grown sons. He is an avid philanthropist with a special interest in ocean exploration and conservation.

BIO

Oris Stuart is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, where he is responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. He provides oversight, leadership, and best practices on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, oversees efforts to increase the number of minority- and women-owned suppliers, and supports efforts to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent. Oris is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to ensure engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels.

Oris has more than 15 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Before joining the NBA in June 2015, he spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice. He provided organizational, strategic, and technology advisory services that helped directors, chief executives, and senior leaders address a wide range of global talent, diversity, and inclusion challenges. His industry focus included life sciences, financial services, utility, quick service restaurants, retail, professional services, and healthcare.

Previously, Oris served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s preeminent diversity and inclusion consultancy and training firm. During his tenure with Global Novations, Oris supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, oversaw a tenfold increase in the firm’s size, and engineered its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.

Earlier in his career, Oris served as a senior business manager and strategy, operations, and technology consultant for organizations including Deloitte, Providian, and Wingspan Technology.

Oris holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association.

BIO

Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ strategic plans to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected more than 4,000 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.

A former assistant to President Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked for decades to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.

BIO

Lindsey Vonn is the most decorated American ski racer in history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. Lindsey burst onto the international skiing scene in 1999 at the age of 14 and has since captivated the world with her perseverance and superhuman abilities on the slopes. She’s won four World Cup overall championships—one of only two female skiers to do so– with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012. Lindsey won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first such title for an American woman. She also won a record 8 World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline, 5 titles in super-G, and 3 consecutive titles in the combined. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the overall record for men or women. Her total of 82 World Cup victories is a women’s record. Although Lindsey single handedly put American ski racing on the map, her journey was punctuated by devastating setbacks and brutal injuries. In February 2019, Lindsey announced her retirement from ski racing. Lindsey puts down her skis as an undisputed icon and crossover star. With her vast social media following, growing portfolio of books and TV projects, and commitment to her namesake Foundation, Lindsey looks forward to the next chapter of her life as she continues to build her legacy and empower women of all ages across the globe.

RAY DALIO

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates

Ray Dalio is the Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates. He started Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York in 1975 and under his leadership, the firm has grown into the fifth most important private company in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine.

For his and Bridgewater’s industry-changing innovations as well as his work advising policymakers around the world, Ray has been called the “Steve Jobs of Investing” by aiCIO Magazine and Wired Magazine, and named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

He is also the author of The New York Times #1 Bestseller Principles, which outlines his work and life principles, the foundation of Bridgewater’s distinctive culture and the cornerstone of his and Bridgewater’s success. Ray and Bridgewater also recently published Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises, the first public dissemination of their research on these economic events, which enabled them to anticipate the 2008 Financial Crisis. Ray is currently working on his third book, which will outline his investment principles.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from C.W. Post College and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, for over 40 years and has four grown sons. He is an avid philanthropist with a special interest in ocean exploration and conservation.

ORIS STUART

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the National Basketball Association

Oris Stuart is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, where he is responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. He provides oversight, leadership, and best practices on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, oversees efforts to increase the number of minority- and women-owned suppliers, and supports efforts to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent. Oris is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to ensure engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels.

Oris has more than 15 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Before joining the NBA in June 2015, he spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice. He provided organizational, strategic, and technology advisory services that helped directors, chief executives, and senior leaders address a wide range of global talent, diversity, and inclusion challenges. His industry focus included life sciences, financial services, utility, quick service restaurants, retail, professional services, and healthcare.

Previously, Oris served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s preeminent diversity and inclusion consultancy and training firm. During his tenure with Global Novations, Oris supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, oversaw a tenfold increase in the firm’s size, and engineered its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.

Earlier in his career, Oris served as a senior business manager and strategy, operations, and technology consultant for organizations including Deloitte, Providian, and Wingspan Technology.

Oris holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association.

TINA TCHEN

President and Chief Executive Officer of TIME’S UP

Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ strategic plans to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected more than 4,000 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.

A former assistant to President Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked for decades to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.

LINDSEY VONN

Olympic Gold Medal Skier and 82-Time World Cup Skiing Champion

Lindsey Vonn is the most decorated American ski racer in history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. Lindsey burst onto the international skiing scene in 1999 at the age of 14 and has since captivated the world with her perseverance and superhuman abilities on the slopes. She’s won four World Cup overall championships—one of only two female skiers to do so– with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012. Lindsey won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first such title for an American woman. She also won a record 8 World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline, 5 titles in super-G, and 3 consecutive titles in the combined. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the overall record for men or women. Her total of 82 World Cup victories is a women’s record. Although Lindsey single handedly put American ski racing on the map, her journey was punctuated by devastating setbacks and brutal injuries. In February 2019, Lindsey announced her retirement from ski racing. Lindsey puts down her skis as an undisputed icon and crossover star. With her vast social media following, growing portfolio of books and TV projects, and commitment to her namesake Foundation, Lindsey looks forward to the next chapter of her life as she continues to build her legacy and empower women of all ages across the globe.

2020 Conference Speakers

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Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director and Co-Founder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor at MIT Sloan School, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, pricing models, and intangible assets. Erik was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab.

Erik is the author of several books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, NYTimes best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future. Erik is also the editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics.

Director and Co-Founder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and Schussel Family Professor at MIT Sloan School

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is co-founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit that uses psychological science to help children thrive. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative. Angela was a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and has advised the White House, World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Angela has received many awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation, and her TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

The Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics, Author of Grit, and CEO of Character Lab

Teresa Gomez

Teresa Gomez was the face of NASA for every would-be astronaut from 1983 until her retirement. As the Assistant Manager of the Astronaut Selection Office, she vetted 3,000 applications each application cycle and played an essential role in hiring over 200 astronauts during her career. 

Assistant Manager of the Astronaut Candidate Selection Office, NASA (ret.)

Adam Grant

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune‘s 40 under 40. He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. Adam hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast. His TED talks have been viewed more than 20 million times. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation, and he serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon. He is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management at The Wharton School, Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Host of the TED podcast WorkLife

Andrea Jones-Rooy

Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D. is the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the NYU Center for Data Science, where she also developed and teaches their popular flagship course, Data Science for Everyone. She was previously assistant professor of political science at NYU Shanghai, where she founded their interdisciplinary major in quantitative social science. Andrea earned her Ph.D. in political science and complex systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Social & Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. Andrea regularly speaks and consults outside of academia on social and data science, with a special focus on helping non-scientists learn why and how to think like a scientist to design research programs to uncover what’s really going on in companies, especially as it affects diversity. In her spare time, she is a standup comedian and circus performer, both of which she has performed to audiences, including royalty, all over the world. In a possibly dubious effort to combine all three aspects of her life, Andrea is also the host of a monthly show, Political Circus, which is a political science lecture + comedy set + circus routine that nobody asked for, which you can catch in New York City’s Caveat theatre.

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the NYU Center for Data Science

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Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein is the Executive Director of the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at The Wharton School and a Lecturer at Wharton and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. As Executive Director, Jeff leads the team that designs and delivers Wharton’s portfolio of curricular and co-curricular leadership development initiatives for undergraduate, MBA, and executive audiences.  He also is overseeing the creation of the Penn Global Leadership Institute. Jeff is the co-host of Leadership in Action on Sirius/XM Business Radio powered by The Wharton School and chairs the Steering Committee for Penn’s Lipman Family Prize, an annual award of $250,000 celebrating and supporting leadership and impact in social sector organizations. 

Jeff is also the Executive Director of the Advanced Management Program, Wharton’s flagship 5-week program for senior executives. He has worked with a wide variety of corporate, nonprofit, and governmental clients. Throughout his life and career, Jeff has grown his appreciation for authentic and accountable leadership and a willingness to learn through action and reflection. Prior to his career as an educator, he spent 10 years in corporate finance with AT&T and was the Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis and the CFO of the cable telephony product line. Jeff holds a BA and BS from Penn State University and an MBA from the Wharton School, and is currently an advanced doctoral student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

Executive Director of the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at The Wharton School

Cade Massey

Cade Massey is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. His research is on decision-making, especially the challenge of blending algorithmic and expert judgment. He is a long-time consultant to professional sports teams on personnel evaluation and organizational decision-making. Massey teaches graduate courses on negotiation, influence and decision-making, as well as Coursera courses on people analytics and influence.

Practice Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions at The Wharton School and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

Dan Morales

Dan Morales is the Director of People Analytics at McKinsey & Company, where he leads cross-disciplinary technical teams, including data scientists, data engineers, analytics translators and leverages advanced analytics methods and capabilities to address strategic talent questions for McKinsey’s senior leaders. Dan has worked on people analytics topics across the employee lifecycle from assessment to engagement, workforce planning, and performance management. He has led the growth and development of a group of analytics translators to amplify the impact of his team’s work across McKinsey’s organization.

Previously, Dan was an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s Washington, DC, office, where he led client service teams across industries on organization and technology related engagements in the public and private sector. Dan holds a PhD in Management Science from Stanford University and engineering degrees from the US Air Force Academy and MIT.

Director of People Analytics, McKinsey & Company

Sanaz Namdar

Sanaz Namdar is the Global Director of Advanced and Behavioral Analytics in Microsoft’s Sales Strategy organization. Her passion is exploring, experimenting, and harnessing behavioral data in a predictive fashion to better fuel strategic sales decisions and growth of the business worldwide. She loves collaborating with academia and is passionate about closing the gap between universities and companies. Sanaz is a published author in HBR and has spoken at the Gartner CSO conference and multiple academic seminars. Prior to Microsoft, Sanaz was a leader in Accenture’s Sales Transformation practice. Sanaz holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Director of Behavioral Analytics in Sales, Microsoft

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Kevin Quealy

Kevin Quealy is the Deputy Editor of Upshot for the New York Times, a section which publishes journalism at the intersection of politics, policy and data. Previously, he has worked in various other roles at The New York Times since 2008. Kevin was a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa from 2004 to 2006. He currently lives in Brooklyn. Kevin received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and a Master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Deputy Editor of the Upshot section, The New York Times

Duane Ross

Duane Ross served as Manager of the Astronaut Selection Office, responsible for managing all administrative activities necessary for the selection of NASA Astronaut Candidates (Pilots and Mission Specialists).  Duane served as a member of the Astronaut Selection Board, where he participated in the selection of 246 of the 338 NASA astronauts. He also assisted in the selection of International Partner astronauts from Japan, Brazil, and Indonesia. Duane served as Manager of the Astronaut Candidate Training Program, the basic training program for new astronauts.  In this role, he has been responsible for basic training for 124 NASA and 28 International Partner Astronaut Candidates. Duane worked at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) from 1967 to 2017. He also served as Manager and Senior Advisor to the JSC Oral History Project.

Manager of the Astronaut Candidate Selection & Training Program, NASA (ret.)

Sameer Srivastava

Sameer Srivastava is Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and is also affiliated with Berkeley’s Sociology Department. His research unpacks the complex interrelationships between the culture of social groups, the cognition of individuals within these groups, and the networks that people forge within and across groups. Much of his work is set in organizational contexts, where he uses computational methods to examine how culture, cognition, and networks independently and jointly relate to individual career outcomes and group and organizational performance. His work has been published in several scholarly journals including American Journal of Sociology and American Sociological Review, among others, and has been covered in various media outlets, including The New York Times and The Economist. Sameer teaches a popular MBA elective course, Power and Politics in Organizations, and co-directs the Berkeley-Stanford Computational Culture Lab and the Berkeley Haas Culture Initiative. He also serves on the board of the Family Independence Initiative, a non-profit focused on poverty alleviation and economic mobility. In a prior career, he was a partner at the global management consultancy, Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). Sameer holds AB, AM, MBA, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher is the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, producer and host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts and co-executive producer of the Code Conference series. She is a New York Times contributing opinion writer and a contributor to NBC, CNBC and MSNBC.

Kara co-founded Recode and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference series (now called the Code conference) with Walt Mossberg starting in 2003. It was, and still is, the country’s premier conference on tech and media, with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, the Google leadership, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey and many other leading players. She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media Web site, AllThingsD.com, founded in 2007.

Kara worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and online at WSJ.com. Previously, Kara covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. 

Earlier in her career, Kara worked as a reporter at The Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. Kara is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of Recode, Producer and Host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts, and Co-Executive Producer of Recode’s Code conference series

Becky Thielen

Becky Thielen is a leader within Microsoft’s People Analytics organization focused on enabling data driven decisions of global HR programs, processes, and services on behalf of the company. Her team partners directly with HR leaders to advise on Diversity, Inclusion, Learning, Services, and Talent programs and processes within Microsoft. She was a key contributor to the creation/evolution of the function and has led multiple teams within Microsoft’s People Analytics organization. During her 20+ year career, Becky has focused on moving the discipline forward in various areas including: data analysis and insights, measurement and reporting, strategy, process improvement, technology implementations/integration, and program management.

Director of People Analytics, Microsoft

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Sarah Tobey

Sarah Tobey is a manager of People Analytics at McKinsey & Company. As an analytics translator, Sarah works to bridge the technical expertise of data engineers and scientists with the business needs of McKinsey leadership. Sarah joined McKinsey as a People Analytics Expert, leading cross functional teams to serve clients across industries on a range of topics, from workforce planning to assessment, performance management, and employee upskilling at scale.

Sarah is currently focused on redesigning McKinsey’s continuous engagement and measurement strategy, developing new methods of connecting with colleagues, integrating new data sources, and advancing the sophistication of the firm’s People models. She also serves as the Translator expert on Natural Language Processing. Sarah holds an M.B.A from Columbia University and a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.

Manager of People Analytics, McKinsey & Company

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June Zhang

June Zhang is a manager on the People Analytics team at McKinsey & Company. She is an analytics translator focused on network analytics, where she leads a team of data scientists, data engineers, analysts, and others in advancing technical capabilities and in generating insights and supporting decisions for senior leaders across the talent lifecycle. Prior to this role, June served clients across industries on topics of digital strategy, analytics, and organization.

June is passionate about tackling projects that improve experience and promote health, both in work and in life. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, dual degrees in Commerce and Health Studies from Queen’s University, and a health coaching certification.

Manager of People Analytics, McKinsey & Company

Previous Speakers

Byron Auguste

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work
Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council

Mary Barra

Chairman and CEO, General Motors Company

Shane Battier

Two-time NBA Champion
Vice President, Basketball Development and Analytics, Miami Heat

Elisa Villanueva Beard

CEO, Teach for America

Laszlo Bock

CEO and Co-Founder, Humu
Former SVP of People Ops, Google

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Marcus Buckingham

Bestselling co-author of First, Break All the Rules
Researcher and Talent Expert

Edith W. Cooper

Former Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

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Allyson Felix

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

Malcolm Gladwell

New Yorker staff writer
New York Times bestselling author of David and GoliathOutliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point

Tony Hsieh

CEO, Zappos
New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness

Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize Winner
Pioneer of Behavior Economics

Dawn Klinghoffer

General Manager, HR Business Insights, Microsoft

Laura Liswood

Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

Jonathan McBride

Managing Director and Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BlackRock
Former Director, US Presidential Personnel Office

Anne Milgram

Former Attorney General of New Jersey

DJ Patil

Former Chief Data Scientist, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy

Daniel Pink

Author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and other best-selling books on work, management, and behavioral science

Howie Roseman

Executive Vice President/ General Manager, Philadelphia Eagles

Adam Silver

Commisioner, NBA

Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler

Nobel Prize Winner
Leading economist
New York Times bestselling author of Nudge

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Stephanie Tignor

People Scientist and Analytics Lead, Humu

Abby Wambach

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Soccer
FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

Maxine Williams

Global Head of Diversity, Facebook