Host, "Breakfast Television Vancouver"
Sunday, Jan. 22
Welcome and Opening Key Session
Every Conversation Counts
Riaz Meghji is the host of "Breakfast Television Vancouver," covering topics in current affairs, arts and pop culture, philanthropy, entertainment, sports and business. Before transitioning to television, Meghji worked in radio; and before joining co-host Jody Vance on BT, he was a host with MTV Canada, CTV News, Bell Media and the Toronto International Film Festival. He has spoken at TEDxSFU and hosted TEDxVancouver.
Meghji is the co-founder of nonprofit 1Karma, which has supported Covenant House, Aga Khan Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society by fundraising and raising awareness. He is also the originator of Every Conversation Counts, a website that shares insights from leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists all with one common thread—memorable conversations about success, purpose and life-altering moments.
Meghji attended Simon Fraser University and received a degree in finance.
President, Enterprise Learning Solutions, and
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, Jan. 23
The Need for Strategic Agility
Kathy Pearson is a strategist, systems thinking expert and authority in decision making. She is president and founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and has served as an adjunct associate professor in the Operations and Information Management Department at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
An award-winning educator, Pearson works extensively with mid- to senior level executives, including high potentials and executive teams, teaching on a variety of topics including critical thinking, strategic agility, change management and strategic execution. Her work with executives spans a wide variety of industries and geographies, and her client list includes Bank of America, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Digicel, The Estee Lauder Companies, GlaxoSmithKline, Itua Unibanco, McKesson, Merck, Novartis, Siam Commercial Bank, Temasek Management Academy and the World Bank.
Pearson received her bachelor's degree in theoretical mathematics from Auburn University, her master's degree in decision sciences from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in industrial engineering (concentration in statistics) from Northwestern University.
Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Tuesday, Jan. 24
A Garden of Leaders
Paul Woodruff is a graduate of St. Albans School as well as Princeton and Oxford Universities. He has more than 40 years of experience as a professor and more than 25 in leadership positions.
He began teaching philosophy and classics at the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and became the founding dean for the School of Undergraduate Studies in 2006. Before teaching, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, leaving with the rank of captain. His publications include translations from Greek classics as well as books on reverence, justice and democracy. His latest book, soon to be published, is entitled The Garden of Leaders: Toward a Revolution in Higher Education.