Thomas L. Friedman

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

Sarah Stein Greenberg

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

Anthony G. Greenwald

Anthony Greenwald
Professor of Psychology

University of Washington; Creator, Project Implicit; and Author, Blindspot

David Leebron

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

Charlene Li

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

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano
University of California

Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham
President and CEO
Council for Advancement and Support of Education


Sunday, July 16

1:00-2:00 PM
The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology/Geo-Politics

Thomas L. FriedmanTom Friedman
Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, Three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner; and Best-selling Author

Best-selling 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. According to Foreign Policy magazine, "Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them."

Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair called him "the country's best newspaper columnist."

In his new best-seller, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. His previous New York Times best-seller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. According to The Christian Science Monitor, "Anyone who cares about America's future ought to read this book and hear the authors' compelling case."

Friedman's The World is Flat has sold four-and-a-half million copies and won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2012 Friedman updated his National Book Award-winner, From Beirut to Jerusalem, adding a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and Arab/Israeli relations in a new preface and afterword.

Friedman's Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Friedman's other bestsellers include Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree, which Kirkus Reviews called "simply the best book written on globalization."

Ranked #2 on The Wall Street Journal's list of "influential business thinkers," named to the 2011 Thinkers50 and the 2013 list of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers, and considered one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report, Friedman is a frequent guest on programs such as "Meet The Press," "Morning Joe," and "Charlie Rose." His TV documentaries, "Searching for the Roots of 9/11," "The Other Side of Outsourcing," and "Addicted to Oil," have aired on the Discovery Channel. Friedman is featured in Showtime's climate change documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously," executive produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Board cited his "clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat."

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Sunday, July 16
3:15-4:15 PM
Design Thinking: A Tool for Innovation in Higher Education

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

Since 2010, Sarah Stein Greenberg has helped lead the, an interdisciplinary institute at Stanford that nurtures innovators and spreads design thinking. Previously, she worked in the innovation practice of Monitor Group in the United States and India and advised multinational companies on developing innovation capabilities. Her background includes developing new products and services in a number of emerging markets in Asia and Africa.

In the classroom she likes to experiment at the intersection of design thinking and social impact. She has co-taught the's foundational class "Design Thinking Bootcamp," and its high-impact course on design for the developing world, "Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability." She developed a course called "Design Thinking for Public Policy Innovators," and launched an experimental program featuring short-format "pop-up" classes.

Greenberg shepherded the's exploration of the future of undergraduate learning at Stanford, resulting in innovative and radical ideas about the form and nature of college entitled "Stanford 2025." Her talk on this project at Wired Magazine's Wired by Design conference is available online.

She holds a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in history from Oberlin College.

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Monday, July 17
4:00-5:00 PM

Leading in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty and Scrutiny

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

David W. Leebron has served as Rice University's seventh president since 2004, a period of growth and transformation for the university. Pursuant to a strategic vision adopted in 2005, the university has significantly increased the size and diversity of its student population, enhanced the research capability and vibrancy of the campus with $900 million in new construction, deepened its relationship with its home city of Houston, increased the commitment to the arts, established new research and education institutes, programs and centers, built strong international relationships and programs and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and across the globe. Supporting all these efforts was the success of the "Centennial Campaign," raising $1.1 billion.

Leebron is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review. Following a judicial clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, he taught at the UCLA School of Law in 1980. After two years practicing in an international law firm, he joined the faculty at the NYU School of Law in 1983. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where in 1996 he was appointed dean and served in that position until coming to Rice. Leebron has also been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and a Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University.

He is a member of the political science faculty at Rice, and has written in the areas of international trade and investment, torts, privacy, corporate law and human rights. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of Association of American Universities (chair), Internet2 (board chair), the Greater Houston Partnership, BioHouston, COFHE (prior board chair), and the IMAX Corporation. He is the recipient of an honorary degree from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, and is an honorary professor of law at Tianjin University. He has also been awarded Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the government of France and the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Católica by the government of Spain.

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  Monday, July 17
4:00-5:00 PM

Leading in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty and Scrutiny

Janet NapolitanoJanet Napolitano
President, University of California

Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

As UC president, she has launched initiatives to stabilize in-state tuition and achieve financial stability for the university; improve the community college transfer process; achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025; accelerate the translation of UC research into products and services; focus UC resources on local and global food issues; and strengthen the university's engagement with its Mexican peer institutions of higher education. She has also implemented the Fair Wage/Fair Work plan, which established a $15 minimum wage at UC for employees and contract workers—the first for a public university—and implemented a series of reforms to ensure that all UC contractors are complying with wage and workplace condition laws and policies. In 2014, she was appointed a tenured faculty member of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97.

She earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in political science from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar, and the university's first female valedictorian. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia's highest external honor. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Monday, July 17
4:00-5:00 PM

Leading in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty and Scrutiny

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

Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which supports more than 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. As CASE president and CEO, she provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in more than 80 countries.

Appointed in March 2015, Cunningham joined CASE from the University of Melbourne where, as vice-principal for advancement, she worked with the vice chancellor in leading a campaign to raise AUS$500 million and in building the advancement team across the university.

Prior to her work in Australia, Cunningham was director of development for the University of Oxford where she led a development team in the execution of the largest fundraising campaign outside of the United States, "The Oxford Thinking Campaign," with a goal of £1.25 billion. Prior to this, she served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford, and as director of external relations at St. Andrews University.

Before working in education, she enjoyed a career in theatre, the arts and the cultural sector. She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2012, Cunningham received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award, and in 2008, she was awarded a CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.



Tuesday, July 18
8:30-9:30 AM

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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

Anthony G. Greenwald was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. He is presently professor of psychology at the University of Washington. Previously, he served at Ohio State University (1965-86).

Greenwald provoked modern attention to the psychological self with his 1980 article, "The Totalitarian Ego". His 1990s methods made unconscious cognition and subliminal perception orderly research topics.
In 1995, Greenwald invented the Implicit Association Test (IAT; published in 1998 and surpassing 5,000 scholarly citations in 2013). The IAT rapidly became a standard for assessing individual differences in implicit social cognition. Its method has provided the basis for three patent applications and numerous applications in clinical psychology, education, marketing and diversity management. The story of the IAT's development and significance appears in Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Delacorte Press, 2013, co-authored with Mahzarin Banaji).

Greenwald received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his doctorate from Harvard. He has published more than 180 scholarly articles, served on editorial boards of 13 psychological journals, and has received three major research career awards-the Donald T. Campbell Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (1995), the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (2006), and the William James Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science (2013).

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Tuesday, July 18
10:00-11:00 AM

The Engaged Leader: A Strategy for Your Digital Transformation

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

Charlene Li is a principal analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. As one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, Li's deep knowledge of leadership, strategy, interactive media and marketing makes her an indispensable ally in today's rapidly evolving marketplace.

Li was the founder and CEO of Altimeter Group prior to its joining Prophet, and she is the author of the New York Times best seller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, best-selling book, Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her most recent book, The Engaged Leader, is a call to business leaders to adopt to the digital landscape, and revolutionize their relationships by connecting directly with their followers.

Li is frequently quoted by leading media channels such as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters and the Associated Press. She has shared her insights on "60 Minutes," "The McNeil NewsHour," ABC News, CNN and CNBC. A highly-sought-after public speaker, she has inspired a wide audience at conferences such as the World Business Forum, World Economic Forum, American Society of Association Executives, South by Southwest and Web 2.0.
Li is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received her degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard.

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