Sunday, July 16
1:00–2:00 PM
Opening Key Session
The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology/Geo-Politics

Tom Friedman
Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, Three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, and Best-selling Author

Bestselling author of The World is Flat and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for the New York Times since 1981. In his new bestseller, and topic for this conversation, Thank You for Being Late, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. You won't want to miss his descriptive analysis of epic trends and their consequences.


Key Session

Design Thinking: A Tool for Innovation in Higher Education

Sarah Stein Greenberg
Executive Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, Stanford University

Over the last decade, Stanford University's has focused on design-driven, team-based, interdisciplinary learning experiences. Increasingly, colleges and universities around the world are integrating design thinking into their curricula and launching innovation and design programs. Design thinking puts the tools for innovation and change in the hands of students, and a powerful methodology for innovating education itself in the hands of faculty and university leaders. Sarah Stein Greenberg shares examples from the and illustrates how this movement is spreading.

Monday, July 17
4:00–5:00 PM
Key Session
Leading in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty and Scrutiny

David Leebron
President, Rice University; Chair, Board of Directors, American Association of Universities and the Consortium on Financing Higher Education

Janet Napolitano
President, University of California

Moderator: Sue Cunningham, President and CEO, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

"American colleges and universities, public and private, are properly seen as nonpartisan elements in a civil society, committed to research and teaching in a manner that transcends ordinary politics. But to succeed, these institutions must ensure that academic freedom and the highest standards of scholarship prevail. This means respect for the rules of evidence, rigorous skepticism and the honoring of the distinction between truth and falsehood."
--Leo Botstein, President, Bard College

Colleges and universities are reeling from massive uncertainty that threaten the very essence of their missions. The same principles and fundamental values that have enabled institutions of higher education to flourish—freedom and tolerance, open exchange of ideas, and acceptance of all individuals no matter their national origin, race, gender or religion—have been threatened.

Educational advancement, as a set of strategies and tactics, needs to adapt to this new era of fear, cynicism and polarization. Listen as two prominent thought-leaders delve into a discussion around the broad socio-economic backdrop of the post 2016 election and what they see as strategies for success during these turbulent times.

Tuesday, July 18
8:30–9:30 AM
Key Session 
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Anthony Greenwald
Professor of Psychology, University of Washington; Creator, Project Implicit; and Author, Blindspot

Implicit bias—attitudes and stereotypes that influence judgement, decision-making and behavior in ways that are outside of conscious awareness and/or control—was first described in a 1995 publication by Tony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji, two scientists who helped to create Project Implicit.

This session includes a demonstration of perceptual, memory and judgement illusions that help to illustrate that we do not have complete access to or control over our own minds. It focuses on diversity and inclusion, leadership, biases in decision-making, and/or barriers to innovation. Anthony Greenwald speaks to how unwanted influences can impair organizational performance in universities and colleges. He discusses the current science and translates it into takeaways that can help to achieve an institution's goals.

Closing Key Session


The Engaged Leader: A Strategy for Your Digital Transformation

Charlene Li
Principal Analyst (Founder and Former CEO), Altimeter Group; and Author, The Engaged Leader

Digital and social technologies have revolutionized relationships—and leadership is not immune. Despite the pressure to engage, leaders remain on the sidelines, paralyzed by fear and the unknown. Charlene Li discusses why leaders need to master a new way of developing relationships, which begins by stepping out of traditional hierarchies; how to listen at scale, share to shape, and engage to transform; the art of making this transformative mind shift; and the science of applying the right tools to meet your strategic goals.

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