Featured Speakers

Top leaders and thinkers share their work and discuss complex leadership challenges with ILA’s signature bridging of theory and practice. They challenge us to think more creatively and inspire us to wisdom.

New Speakers added weekly. For complete bios, scroll down. For exact dates and times, visit our agenda page.

Live Online, 6-7 October

Live In Person in Washington, D.C. 13-16 October

Detailed Biographies

Bios of Live Online, Featured Speakers 6-7 October

John was educated at St. Paul’s School in London, from where he won an open scholarship to read History at Cambridge University. During his two years of military service he served as a second lieutenant in the Scots Guards, in Egypt. He then became the only National Serviceman to serve in the Arab Legion in Jordan, where he became adjutant of a Bedouin regiment, then defending the old city of Jerusalem and its environs.

Before going to Cambridge John qualified as a deckhand in Hull, becoming a crew member on an Arctic trawler in Icelandic waters. He also worked as an orderly in the operating theatre of an NHS hospital. After university, John worked as a Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and also – after creating Action Centred Leadership – as Adviser in Leadership Training.

In 1979, John was appointed the world’s first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey where he pioneered leadership development for students and academic staff working in British universities. John also holds the higher degrees of Master of Letters from Oxford University and Doctor of Philosophy from King’s College London, and is also a Fellow of the
Royal Historical Society. In the 1980s, John mentored Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI, as he transformed the lossmaking bureaucratic giant into the first British company to make an annual £1 billion profit.

In 2005, the People’s Republic of China awarded John the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his ‘outstanding research and contribution in the field of Leadership’. In 2009, John was appointed the United Nations’ Professor of Strategic Leadership, based at the United Nations System Staff College in Turin.

John has written over 50 books which have been translated into 32 languages worldwide. His best-selling titles include Effective Leadership (1983), Strategic Leadership (2010) and The Leadership of Muhammad (2010), now available in 12 languages. How to Lead Others (2018), Lessons in Leadership (2018) and The Art of Judgment (2019) are John’s latest books and provide a practical understanding of global leadership.

Today, John is president of Adair Leadership – the home of Action Centred Leadership – and is deeply committed to promoting “good leadership and leadership for good”.

Stella Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria and the President of the Africa Academy of Management (AFAM). Through her work in AFAM, Nkomo has, quite literally, put African leadership and management practices on the map. Recognizing that Africa’s growing economies and emerging markets were hotbeds of innovative leadership practices in dynamic, turbulent environments, Nkomo knew the time was ripe for a community of African management scholars to emerge and support research into, documentation of, and dissemination of these practices. A thriving community, since 2010 AFAM has established a leadership journal published by Taylor & Francis and organized conferences across the continent.

Nkomo is a noted scholar and consultant in the areas of leadership and change, diversified workforces, and women and leadership. She is the author of several books and numerous refereed articles including the acclaimed Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity and Courageous Conversations: A Collection of Interviews and Reflections on Responsible Leadership by South African Captains of Industry. In 2016 Nkomo was named a Continental Lifetime Achiever from CEO Global’s Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards for her career contributions to leadership, higher education in South Africa, and her work developing young African academics.

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries brings a different view to the much-studied subjects of leadership and the psychological dimensions of individual and organizational change. Bringing to bear his knowledge and experience of economics (Econ. Drs., University of Amsterdam), management (ITP, MBA, and DBA, Harvard Business School), and psychoanalysis (Membership Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, Paris Psychoanalytic Society, and the International Psychoanalytic Association), he explores the interface between management science, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, psychotherapy, executive coaching, and consulting. His specific areas of interest are leadership (the “bright” and “dark” side), entrepreneurship, career dynamics, talent management, family business, cross-cultural management, succession planning, organizational and individual stress, C-suite team building, executive coaching, organizational development, transformation management, management consulting.

The Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD, he is Program Director of INSEAD’s top management program, “The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Reflective Leaders,” and the Founder of INSEAD’s Executive Master Program in Change Management. He has also been the founder of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Center. As an educator, he has received INSEAD’s distinguished teacher award six times. He has held professorships at McGill University, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montreal, and the Harvard Business School. He is also a distinguished visiting professor at the European School for Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin. He has lectured at management institutions around the world. The Financial Times, Le Capital, Wirtschaftswoche, and The Economist have rated Manfred Kets de Vries among the world’s leading management thinkers and among the most influential contributors to human resource management.

Kets de Vries is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books, including The Neurotic Organization, Leaders, Fools and Impostors, Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane, The Leadership Mystique, The Happiness Equation, Are Leaders Made or Are They Born? The Case of Alexander the Great, The New Russian Business Elite, Leadership by Terror, The Global Executive Leadership Inventory, The Leader on the Couch, Coach and Couch, The Family Business on the Couch, Sex, Money, Happiness, and Death: The Quest for Authenticity, Reflections on Leadership and Character, Reflections on Leadership and Career, Reflections on Organizations, The Coaching Kaleidoscope, The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of High Performance Teams, Mindful Leadership Coaching: Journeys into the Interior, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: Executive Coaching Challenges and Telling Fairy Tales in the Boardroom: How to Make Sure Your Organization Lives Happily Ever After, Riding the Leadership Roller Coaster: A Psychological Observer’s Guide, Down the Rabbit Hole of Leadership: Leadership Pathology of Everyday Life and Being A CEO Whisperer: Meditations on Leaders, Life and Change, Quo Vadis: The Existential Challenges of Leaders, Leadership Unhinged: Essays on the Ugly, the Bad, and the Weird, Leading Wisely: Becoming a Reflective Leader in Turbulent Times, and The Daily Perils of Executive Life: How to survive when Dancing on Quicksand.

In addition, Kets de Vries has published more than 400 academic papers as chapters in books and as articles (including digital). He has also written approximately 100 case studies, including seven that received the Best Case of the Year award. He is a regular writer for various magazines. Furthermore, his work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Business Week, The Economist, The Financial Times and The Harvard Business Review. His books and articles have been translated into more than thirty languages. He writes regular blogs (mini articles) for the Harvard Business Review, INSEAD Knowledge, and other digital outlets He is a member of seventeen editorial boards and is a Fellow of the Academy of Management. He is also a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO), which has honored him as a lifetime member.

Kets de Vries is the first non-US recipient of International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to leadership research and development. In addition, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Germany for his advancement of executive education. The American Psychological Association has honored him with the “Harry and Miriam Levinson Award” for his contributions to Organizational Consultation. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the “Freud Memorial Award” for his work to further the interface between management and psychoanalysis. In addition, he has also received the “Vision of Excellence Award” from the Harvard Institute of Coaching. Kets de Vries is the first beneficiary of INSEAD’s Dominique Héau Award for “Inspiring Educational Excellence.” He is also the recipient of three honorary doctorates. The Dutch government has made him an Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau.

Kets de Vries works as a consultant on organizational design/transformation and strategic human resource management for companies worldwide. As an educator and consultant, he has worked in more than forty countries. In his role as a consultant, he is also the founder-chairman of the Kets de Vries Institute (KDVI), a boutique global strategic leadership development consulting firm with associates worldwide (www.kdvi.com).

Kets de Vries was the first fly fisherman in Outer Mongolia (at the time, becoming the world record holder of the Siberian hucho taimen). He is a member of New York’s Explorers Club. In his spare time, he can be found in the rainforests or savannas of Central and Southern Africa, the Siberian taiga, the Ussuri Krai, Kamchatka, the Pamir and Altai Mountains, Arnhemland, or within the Arctic Circle.

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, Ed.D., began caring about the world’s peoples in 1966, as a Peace Corps volunteer in post-war Korea. In many different roles– speaker, teacher, consultant, advisor, formal leader–her work has deepened into an unshakable conviction that leaders must learn how to invoke people’s inherent generosity, creativity and need for community. As this world tears us apart, sane leadership on behalf of the human spirit is the only way forward. She is co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute, (www.berkana.org), an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a prolific writer. She has authored ten books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to Who Do We Choose To Be: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity (2017). Her new work (2020) is different–a CD and accompanying book, The Warrior’s Songline: A Journey Guided By Voice And Sound. A songline is a powerful form of teaching created by Australian Aboriginals that embeds critical knowledge in a landscape. The Warrior’s Songline uses the geography of Utah (where Meg lives) to provide guidance and training for those choosing to be Warriors for the Human Spirit.

For the past five years, she has been training leaders and activists from 35 countries as Warriors for the Human Spirit, an in-depth training program and path of service supported by a robust global community. See details at: www.margaretwheatley.com.

Meg received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University in 1979, when the field of OD was gaining ground. She has been honored for her ground-breaking work by many professional associations, universities and organizations.

Her website is designed as a library and resource for people with articles, videos, podcasts, poetry and others’ work that inspires Meg. All downloadable for free.

Bios of in-Person Featured Speakers in Washington, D.C., 13-16 October

Valerie Biden Owens is the first woman in U.S. history to have run a presidential campaign — that of her brother, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. She also led his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail.

Valerie is Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and a partner at Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars. Valerie sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. For 20 years, when Valerie was not managing or advising President Biden’s campaigns, she served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & Co., a media consulting firm. She has worked extensively with Women’s Campaign International, teaching women how to organize and develop communication and political skills. Valerie has also served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee and has served for 35 years on the board of The Ministry of Caring.

In 2015, Valerie delivered the keynote address for Harvard Law School’s International Women’s Day celebration and was one of 50 women presented with the law school’s international “Women Inspiring Change” award. In 2021, she was named to the Forbes 50 Over 50 Women Who Are Leading the Way in Impact list.

She is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is married to Jack Owens, an attorney and businessman. They have three children.

Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman is responsible for USAID’s policy and programming, overseeing the Agency’s Regional and Pillar Bureaus. As Deputy Administrator, she guides USAID’s crisis response, including on the National Security Council, and supports efforts to address the root causes of conflict. She also is responsible for overseeing Agency efforts to promote food security and strengthen education, health, democracy, and economic growth.

Ambassador Isobel Coleman is a foreign policy and global development expert with more than 25 years of experience working in government, the private sector, and non-profits. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer of GiveDirectly and from 2014-2017, she was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management, Reform and Special Political Affairs. Dr. Coleman spent more than a decade as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she directed CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy program. She started her career with McKinsey & Co. A graduate of Princeton University, she earned MPhil and DPhil degrees in International Relations from Oxford University, which she attended on a Marshall Scholarship.

David Gergen has devoted more than half a century to public service.  Coming off a Navy stint, he served as a White House adviser to four US presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton.  He recounted those experiences in a New York Times bestseller, Eyewitness to Power.  In the 1980s, he began a second career, serving as the editor of US News & World Report and for five years a regular Friday night partner with Mark Shields as a PBS commentator on McNeil/Lehrer.  Since 1999, he has served as a professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School.  For more than two decades, he has also been a senior political analyst for CNN, where he is a respected voice in national and international affairs.

Volodymyr Groysman

Leader of the political party “Ukrainian Strategy of Groysman”, Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2016-2019.

Born on January 20, 1978 in Vinnytsia (Ukraine). Education – law, master’s degree in social development management. Married, has three children.

In 2002 won the local elections and became the youngest deputy of the Vinnytsia City Council.

In 2006 was elected mayor of Vinnytsia. In 2010 re-elected as the head of the city with the support rate of almost 78% votes.

Volodymyr Groysman is the author and ideologist of decentralization. In 2014 he started working in the Ukrainian Government as the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services. The main direction of his activity was the launch of the reform of decentralization of power and local self-government. He also used to lead the State Commission to Investigate the crash of MH17 flight (July 7, 2014).

In November 2014 elected as the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

In April 2016 appointed as the Prime Minister of Ukraine. During this term of Volodymyr Groysman, medical, educational, pension reforms and decentralization reforms were among his top priorities .

Errin Haines is editor at large and a founding mother of The 19th, a nonprofit, independent newsroom focused on the intersection of gender, politics and policy. She is also an MSNBC Contributor.

Prior to joining The 19th, Errin was national writer on race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. She has also worked at The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel.

Errin’s expertise on issues of race, gender and politics make her a sought-after voice and thought leader in her industry. She has taught classes on race, gender and the 2020 election at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Princeton University.

Errin is currently writing her first book, exploring the growth of Black women’s power and leadership through Vice President Kamala Harris’ historic ascent and the rise of other notable trailblazers boldly asserting their roles in American democracy and society.

A native of Atlanta, Errin is based in Philadelphia.

On February 9, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Reta Jo Lewis as EXIM’s President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Chair Lewis was sworn in by Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris on February 16, 2022. Ms. Lewis is a senior executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in international affairs, legal, public policy, business and regulatory affairs, and subnational diplomacy.

Ms. Lewis was most recently a Senior Fellow and Director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. At GMF, Ms. Lewis led and oversaw initiatives, programs, and bipartisan exchanges for members of the U.S. Congress and their European counterparts, focusing on leadership development and subnational diplomacy efforts. Prior to her time at GMF, she served as the first-ever Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs under Secretary Hillary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State during the Obama-Biden Administration. As Special Representative, Lewis was the chief diplomat in charge of the international efforts to build and support strategic relationships between the federal government, state and local leaders, and their foreign counterparts. In 2013, she was awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Lewis was the first Black woman to serve as Vice President and Counselor to the President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She led the Chamber’s initiatives focused on fostering strategic alliances between small businesses, especially women- and minority-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Member of the Board of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. Ms. Lewis received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, an M.S.A.J. from American University, and a B.A. from the University of Georgia. She is a native of Statesboro, Georgia.

Prof./Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. She is also a Visiting Fellow of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and a former Fellow of The Leadership Trust Foundation in Ross-on-Wye, England. Dr. Madsen is considered one of the top global thought leaders on the topic of women and leadership, has authored or edited eight books, and has published hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. Her research has been featured in the U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes. She is a well-known speaker in local, national, and international settings. Susan has founded many women’s networks, and she serves on a host of nonprofit, community, and association boards and committees. Madsen has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, and service.

Oksana Markarova was appointed the Ukraine’s Ambassador to the USA and arrived in DC on Apr 20, 2021. She served in Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance in 2015-2020 as First deputy Minister and Government commissioner on investments and then since 2018 as a Minister of Finance. During her time at the Ministry she was a co-author of Ukraine’s macroeconomic revival program, has conducted unprecedented fiscal consolidation leading to deficit to GDP of 2% and debt to GDP reduction to below 50%, introduced midterm budgeting, gender oriented budgeting as well as negotiated, structured and coordinated successfully two IMF programs and other IFI cooperation programs. During her tenure she and her team has also created UkraineInvest government promotion agency, Ukrainian Startup fund and an eData ecosystem of government public finance portals including spending.gov.ua, openbudget.gov.ua and analytical instrument BOOST, which opened the majority of the public finance data to the public and increased Ukraine in all major international data transparency ratings.

Prior to career in public service Mrs. Markarova spent 17 years working in private equity and financial advisory having leadership roles in ITT investment group, Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Chemonics and and World bank, as well as founded Archidata startup electronic archive company in between service positions in 2020.

Oksana Markarova serves at the Boards of UkraineHouse DC foundation in Washington DC, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Development Foundation and supports Ukrainian Catholic University and Ukrainian Press Museum-Archive.

She holds BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and MPA in public finance from Indiana University with academic excellency and best international student awards.

Markarova is married with four children and grandson.

Sudhanshu Palsule is an award-winning educator, leadership philosopher, CEO advisor, author, and speaker. He is regarded as one of the leading thinkers in the fields of Transformative Leadership and Leading in Complexity. Author of several books, his latest book, “Rehumanizing Leadership” was published in 2020.

Sudhanshu’s work is based on the premise that the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century cannot be addressed by an industrial age mindset that was trained for linearity. To grasp the nature of an interconnected and interdependent reality, we must bring about a radical change in the way we think, and in how we engage with the world.

Sudhanshu’s other books include “The Social Leader” (2014); “Personal Growth (2010); “From Management Education to Civic Reconstruction: The Emerging Ecology of Organizations” (2005); “Managing in Four Worlds” (1999); “Science, Technology and Social Change (1983). He is currently working on two new books.

British Ambassador to the USA, Karen Pierce DCMG

Prior to arriving in DC, Karen Pierce was the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since March 2018. Prior to this role, Karen served as the Director General for Political Affairs and Chief Operating Officer of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, from 2016.

Karen joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1981. Her first role was in Tokyo between 1984 and 1987, after which she returned to the UK to work in the Security Policy Department. Karen worked in Washington as the Private Secretary to the British Ambassador to the United States between 1992 and 1995. Between 1996 and 2006, Karen held several positions in London including Team Leader for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Deputy Head of Eastern Adriatic (Balkans) Department, Head of Newsroom, Head of EU Department (Bilateral) and concurrently Head of Afghanistan Political Military Unit after 9/11 before returning to the Balkans as Balkans Coordinator from 2002 to 2006.

In 2006, Karen moved to New York for the first time to be the Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador at the UK Mission to the UN. In 2009, she returned to London to become the Director of South Asia and Afghanistan Department and the UK’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2012, Karen started her second multilateral role, this time in Geneva, where she was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UK Mission to the United Nations, World Trade Organization and Other International Organisations until 2015. Between 2015 and 2016 Karen was the UK’s Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Diane L. Rosenfeld, JD, LLM, is a lecturer on law and the founding director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 2004. Rosenfeld has appeared in major media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline; Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall; Katie (with Katie Couric); CNN Headline News; Fox and Friends; the New York Times; the Washington Post; the Boston Globe; the Chicago Tribune; and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She is featured in the award winning documentaries The Hunting Ground; It Happened Here; and Rape Is . . . .
 
Rosenfeld served as the first senior counsel to the Office on Violence Against Women at the US Department of Justice and as an executive assistant attorney general in Illinois. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her teaching, mentoring, and change-making legal policy work.
She lives outside Boston with her husband and their dog.
 
Her latest book is THE BONOBO SISTERHOOD: Revolution Through Female Alliance.

Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world.

A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.

A founding member of the Conscious Capitalism movement, Raj Sisodia is Distinguished University Professor of Conscious Enterprise and Chairman of the Conscious Enterprise Center at Tecnologico de Monterrey. He is also FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business (on leave) at Babson College. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc., and President of Awaken Inc.

Raj was born in India and spent parts of his childhood in Barbados, California, and Canada. He was educated as an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS, Pilani). He received an MBA in Marketing from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai after which he earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and Business Policy from Columbia University. Raj is an American citizen residing in Boston, Massachusetts.

Until 1998, he was the Director of Executive Programs and Associate Professor of Marketing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. From 1985 to 1988, he was Assistant Professor of Marketing at Boston University. He also spent 15 years at Bentley University as Trustee Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and founder/director of the Center for Marketing Technology.

Raj has consulted with and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Verizon, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. Since 2007, Raj has spoken over 1000 times on Conscious Capitalism and related topics to audiences around the world, including at the White House and the Vatican.

Raj has published fifteen books (including The Healing Organization, Conscious Capitalism, Firms of Endearment, The Rule of Three, Everybody Matters and Shakti Leadership) and over 100 academic articles. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, CNBC and many other media outlets. His new book Awaken: The Journey to Purpose, Wholeness & Healing will be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2022.

In 2003, Raj was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching Award in 2008. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. In 2013 and 2015, Raj was named to the Thinkers 50 list of business and management thinkers from India. Raj received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016 and the Business Luminary Award from Halcyon in 2021.

Raj has served on the Board of Directors of The Container Store and Mastek Ltd. He is a Trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations, including the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, ecountabl, and PayActiv.

Brian Stelter was the anchor of “Reliable Sources,” which examined the week’s top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. He also hosted “Reliable Sources Daily” on CNN+ weekdays at 11:00 a.m. ET. Stelter reported for CNN Business, and wrote a nightly email newsletter.

Prior to CNN November (2013 – August 2022), Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. He was also a lead contributor to the “Media Decoder” blog.

Stelter published the best-selling book, HOAX: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth in fall 2020, which tells the twisted story of the relationship between President Trump and Fox News. Over the course of two years writing the book, Stelter spoke with over 250 current and former Fox insiders in an effort to understand the inner workings of Rupert Murdoch’s multibillion-dollar media empire.

In 2013, he published The New York Times best-selling book, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV”, about the competitive world of morning news shows. He is a consulting producer on Apple’s drama “The Morning Show,” which is inspired by his book.

In 2020, he executive produced the HBO Documentary, After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News,” directed by Andrew Rossi, who featured Stelter in his 2011 documentary, “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” Stelter was also named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30: Media” for three consecutive years, and Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Media & Entertainment.”

In January 2004, while he was a freshman at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, Stelter created TV Newser, a blog dedicated to coverage of the television news industry. He sold it to Mediabistro.com in July 2004, but continued to edit and write for the blog during the next three years until he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism. He is on the board of Baltimore Student Media, a nonprofit that publishes Towson’s independent student newspaper, The Towerlight.

 

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley

Featured Online Speaker, Day & Time Forthcoming

Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D., is the author of the classic, Leadership and the New Science. For the past five years, she has been training leaders and activists from 35 countries as Warriors for the Human Spirit. Her latest book (and CD) is The Warrior’s Songline: A Journey Guided By Voice And Sound.

John Adair

Featured Online Speaker, Day & Time Forthcoming

Professor John Adair is the author of over 50 books which have been translated into 18 languages. His most recent book, The Art of Judgment, is a pioneering exploration of practical wisdom, now coming into prominence as a key leadership quality, especially in these most challenging of times.