The People Analytics Conference is a meeting of pioneering minds across academia and business.
Founder and CEO, tenXer
As a member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team, Jeff Ma created an ingenious method for counting cards—using talent, creativity, math, and teamwork to win millions in Las Vegas. (Card-counting, by the way, is not illegal; casinos just don’t like it). Ma is the subject of the best-selling book Bringing Down the House and the hit movie, 21, which topped the box office in its first two weeks. He has since helped start four different companies including CircleLending (sold to Virgin) and Citizen Sports (sold to Yahoo) and become a sought-after speaker. Ma shows companies how to harness the power of numbers to make better bottom line business decisions; decisions that, often, are the difference between winning and losing.
Beyond his work in the start up world, Ma has worked as a consultant to the San Francisco 49ers, the Portland Trail Blazers and a major apparel brand, helping them to make better decisions using data an analytics. His most recent book, "The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business" draws on his unique experiences at the table and in the sports world to create a truly accessible book about analytics.
Ma is currently the CEO of tenXer, where he works with large engineering organizations to use data and analytics to better manage software development teams. In addition, this year, Ma has taken on a new role as ESPN's Predictive Analytics Expert, making weekly appearances on Sportscenter and writing columns for ESPN.com and The Magazine.
Retired NBA Player and Former Member of the U.S. National Team
Over his distinguished NBA career and his heralded collegiate career at Duke University, Shane Battier overcame the doubts of many naysayers who said he did not have the talent to compete on the world's most competitive stage. Today, Battier shows audiences how he overcame the odds—through perseverance, leadership, setting goals and believing in his ability to win—and how anyone can become a true champion.
As a high school freshman, Shane Battier was told by the basketball world that his basketball career would never amount to anything. After graduating, with honors, from Detroit Country Day School with three State Championships, the Michigan Mr. Basketball award and the Naismith National High School Player of the Year award, he enrolled in Duke University, where he was told by the basketball world that he was likely to have a marginal basketball career. After graduating, with honors, from Duke with a degree in Religion, two Final Four appearances, one National Championship, two All-American Awards, and Naismith and John Wooden National Players of the Year awards, he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the sixth overall selection in the 2001 NBA Draft. After being told he would likely have a brief NBA career, Battier was part of the back-to-back 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship Miami Heat team where he become one of only eight athletes to win a championship on the high school, college and NBA levels. The NBA Championship capped off Battier's 12th year in the NBA where he has been a two-time All-NBA Defensive performer as well as member of the USA Basketball National Team. His 2008 New York Times magazine cover story by bestselling author Michael Lewis sheds light on this unexplainable but poignant path to greatness—and Battier inspires audiences to new heights by showing how they too can achieve success no matter what challenge they are looking to conquer.
Senior Fellow, NYU Law School Center on the Administration of Criminal Law; Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Anne Milgram leads the Criminal Justice initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Her work centers on reforming the criminal justice system through smart data, analytics and technology. As part of this work, Milgram has led the creation, development and national implementation of a new pretrial risk assessment tool that assists judges and prosecutors in determining which criminal defendants should be detained prior to trial and which can be safely released. Prior to joining the Foundation, Milgram served as New Jersey's Attorney General where she headed the 9,000-person Department of Law and Public Safety. As New Jersey's chief law enforcement officer, she oversaw hundreds of prosecutors and approximately 30,000 law enforcement officers. In addition to her work at the Arnold Foundation, Milgram is a Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law.
Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Strategies, Credit Suisse
Michael J. Mauboussin is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is the Head of Global Financial Strategies, providing thought leadership and strategy guidance to external clients and internally to Credit Suisse professionals based on his expertise, research and writing in the areas of valuation and portfolio positioning, capital markets theory, competitive strategy analysis, and decision making.
Prior to rejoining Credit Suisse in 2013, he was Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management. Mr. Mauboussin originally joined Credit Suisse in 1992 as a packaged food industry analyst and was named Chief U.S. Investment Strategist in 1999. He is a former president of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York and was repeatedly named to Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team and The Wall Street Journal All-Star survey in the food industry group.
Mr. Mauboussin is the author of The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing, Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, and More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places-Updated and Expanded. He is also co-author, with Alfred Rappaport, of Expectations Investing: Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns.
Mr. Mauboussin has been an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School since 1993 and is on the faculty of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing.
Mr. Mauboussin earned an A.B. from Georgetown University. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, a leading center for multi-disciplinary research in complex systems theory.
Author of To Sell is Human, Drive, A Whole New Mind, and other books, NYT and WSJ
Daniel H. Pink is the author of several provocative books on work and behavior, including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. His books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Dan is also the host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a 12-epsiode TV series on social problems and human behavior that airs in the US and abroad on the National Geographic Channel. Dan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Jessica Lerner, a former Justice Department litigator, and their three children, who are not litigious at all.
Senior Vice President, People Operations, Google
Laszlo leads Google's people function globally, which includes all areas related to the attraction, development and retention of "Googlers." Google has been recognized over 100 times in the last five years as an exceptional employer, including being named the #1 Best Company to Work for in the United States and 16 other countries. Laszlo joined Google from the General Electric Company. Before GE, Laszlo was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Laszlo earned an M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Pomona College, where he's also a member of the Board of Trustees. Laszlo is the author of the forthcoming WORK RULES! -- an insider's look at how to find and nurture professional talent. WORK RULES! reveals the secrets and pitfalls of Google's "self-replicating talent machine," and how any organization can become a great place to work.
Vice President, People Analytics and Compensation, Google
Prasad oversees a team which enables people decisions at Google to be data-driven, generates insights on keeping Googlers happy and productive, and tailors rewards to attract and retain the world's best talent.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Prasad was vice president of Workforce Analytics at Capital One. Earlier, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C. In his career, Prasad has taught farmers how to grow rice, helped the U.S. Army destroy toxic rocket fuel, and built the first variable scanning angle reflectometer.
He holds an MBA from the Wharton School where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He also has a master's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from IIT, Chennai.
Class of 1965 Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Adam Grant is Wharton's youngest tenured professor and top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of HR's most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek's favorite professors, the world's 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell's favorite social science writers.
Adam is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times bestseller translated into 27 languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads, Fortune's must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post's books every leader should read. He has been profiled on the Today Show and in the New York Times magazine cover story, "Is giving the secret to getting ahead?"
Adam's speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. Army and Navy. He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. His New York Times op-ed on raising a moral child has been shared over 250,000 times on social media, and he blogs regularly as a LinkedIn Influencer.
Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and David and Goliath by Gladwell. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let's Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and a professional magician.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Cade Massey is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He did his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and taught at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the Yale School of Management before moving to Wharton.
Massey's research focuses on judgment under uncertainty, especially overconfidence, optimism and learning. His work draws both on experimental research and "real world" data such as employee stock options, 401k savings, and the National Football League draft.
His research has led to long-time collaborations with Google, Merck and National Football League franchises. Additionally, he has consulted to Fortune 100 clients in the energy, software and computer industries. He frequently conducts workshops on negotiation, decision-making and power & politics for a wide range of organizations.
His research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, ESPN Magazine, Bloomberg News, and National Public Radio. He has co-authored editorials in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and co-developed the Massey-Peabody NFL Power Rankings for the Wall Street Journal, where they have been published weekly since 2010.
Massey has taught MBA and Executive MBA courses for over 10 years. He has received teaching awards from Duke, Yale and Penn for courses on negotiation, power & politics, organizational behavior and human resources.
Massey is from San Angelo, Texas, and attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate. He now lives in Center City Philadelphia.
President and CEO, Sociometric Solutions; Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Ben Waber is recognized worldwide as an expert in people analytics, collaboration, and wearable technology. He is the leader of Sociometric Solutions, a behavioral analytics company that uses wearable sensing technology to transform how companies are managed. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his PhD, and he was previously a senior researcher at Harvard Business School. Ben has been featured in Wired, CNN, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets, and his work was selected for the Harvard Business Review's List of Breakthrough Ideas and the Technology Review's Top 10 Emerging Technologies. His book, People Analytics, is an international bestseller and was released in 2013 by the Financial Times Press.
Chief Talent Officer, GM
Michael Arena is the Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation. He is responsible for enterprise talent management, talent & organizational analytics, talent acquisition, leadership development and global learning. Since joining General Motors, he has employed an evidence-based approach to driving organizational performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis to empirically determine talent needs across the pipeline. These approaches have been complemented with qualitative research methods such as design thinking to discover the effective nuances of local solutions.
Prior to joining GM, Arena spent two years as a visiting scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, where he studied the intersection of human behavior, innovation and social connectivity. He also served as Senior Vice President of Leadership Development for Bank of America's Global Consumer and Small Business Banking group, where he led talent management, executive development and organizational development. Dr. Arena earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Dynamics from the Union Institute and University.
Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, The Estée Lauder Companies
Michael O'Hare is Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, at The Estée Lauder Companies. Mr. O'Hare works with all business operations of the Company, directing the recruitment, retention, compensation, and development of 80,000 employees in over 150 countries and territories, across more than 25 brands and multiple functions.
Mr. O'Hare was Global Chief Human Resources Officer for Heineken N.V. On the executive committee, he integrated acquired operations in various countries. With the board of directors, he led governance, compensation and talent development programs, establishing a top HR function.
Mr. O'Hare spent 13 years at PepsiCo Inc. in a variety of senior HR roles. As Chief Personnel Officer/Vice President for Asia Pacific, he oversaw all HR activities across more than 40 business units and joint ventures.
Mr. O'Hare was born in Northern Ireland and has lived and worked in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. After graduating from the University of Dundee in Scotland, he received a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Vice President, Global Human Resources, Johnson & Johnson
Peter M. Fasolo is the Vice President, Global Human Resources, responsible for the global talent, recruiting, diversity, compensation, benefits, employee relations and all aspects of the human resources agenda for the Company. Mr. Fasolo is a member of the Executive Committee, Management Compensation Committee, and Chairman of the Pension and Benefits Committee.
Mr. Fasolo first joined Johnson & Johnson in 2004 as Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources for Cordis Corporation. He was then named Vice President, Global Talent Management, with responsibility for executive assessment and development. Mr. Fasolo left Johnson & Johnson in 2007 to join Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) as Chief Talent Officer for the portfolio companies owned by the firm. He returned to Johnson & Johnson in September 2010 as Vice President, Global Human Resources.
Mr. Fasolo has more than 20 years of global experience in healthcare, having spent 13 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb in executive level, human resource roles in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer segments. He serves on the Board of the Human Resources Policy Association in Washington, D.C., is a member of the Board of Directors for the Families and Work Institute in New York, also serves on the Board of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, and is a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey.
Mr. Fasolo earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College.
Solution Head of People Insights, a McKinsey Solution
Bruce co-founded and leads People Insights, a McKinsey Solution applying predictive analytics on critical talent questions. With this new Solution, Bruce and his team serve client organizations as well as McKinsey's internal people function.
Bruce joined McKinsey's Brussels office in January 2009 and spent 3 years in the New York Office. Bruce started as a generalist consultant before focusing on organizational work and his passion for Human Capital and Talent Management. Bruce drove the State of Human Capital report in collaboration with The Conference Board and served clients on a broad range of topics.
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Afsheen is global head of the Operations Strats team and chairs the firmwide Machine Learning Working Group. He is a member of the Operations Risk Committee, Operations Business Architecture Committee and Operations Data Quality Management Committee, and an MD advisor to the Operations Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network. Previously, Afsheen was head of Securities Operations Strats for one year. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 as an associate and was named managing director in 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, Afsheen worked at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow in medicine and engineering.
Afsheen graduated with a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2002. He also earned an MS in Electrical Engineering, a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MD, all from Stanford University, in 2004, 2008 and 2010, respectively.
Director, Talent Acquisition and Assessment, JetBlue
Andrew Biga is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Assessment at JetBlue Airways. Andrew oversees a team of 40+ professionals who are collectively responsible for hiring across all work groups and fill 3,000+ roles annually. Through technology platforms and leveraging people assessments, we are expanding our reach to 100,000+ candidates each year while narrowing our criteria for selection, enabling greater efficiencies in all of our hiring processes, reducing time to fill and increasing quality of hire. Previously, Andrew led the People Analytics teams at both JetBlue and Procter & Gamble, with over 10 years of HR research experience. Andrew completed his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida and currently lives in New York City.
Manager, People Assessment & Analytics, JetBlue
Ryan Dullaghan is the Manager of People Assessment and Analytics at JetBlue Airways. Ryan leads the company’s efforts to design research-driven hiring systems to ensure hiring decision-makers are provided with the information they need to make the best hiring decisions. Previously at JetBlue, Ryan oversaw the company's organizational research efforts and People Data Reporting function. Prior experiences include leading pre-hire assessment validation efforts at Raymond James Financial, as well as assessment development and international survey research at PDRI, a CEB Company. Ryan completed his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida, and currently lives in New York City.
Head of Talent Analytics, LinkedIn
Lorenzo Canlas is the head of talent analytics at LinkedIn, where he helps LinkedIn's HR team make evidence-based decisions for all stages of the employee lifecycle. Prior to LinkedIn Lorenzo Canlas was an Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company's operations practice and a senior manager in Accenture's IT strategy practice. Lorenzo also has over five years' experience as a product manager and engineer at IBM and Intel Corporation. He holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Manager, Business Operations & Analytics, LinkedIn
Will's passion is using data to help HR be a strategic partner to the business. He is a subject matter expert in people analytics at LinkedIn where they are building a best-on-planet team leveraging the most robust talent dataset in the world. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Will worked with several Fortune 100 companies focusing on people analytics across the employee life cycle. He has a background in industrial psychology and is currently completing a PhD. at Claremont Graduate University.
People Analytics, Two Sigma
Karyn has helped found and build people analytics teams at both Facebook, and now Two Sigma. As the first member of both teams, her work has encompassed everything from identifying the driving business questions, to aiding in tool development and data cleaning, to building scalable dashboards and accurate reports, to creating surveys and analyzing data. Her work has helped create productivity models in recruiting, predict headcount for FP&A, identify the most accurate interviewers, and produce a statistically valid score of performance.
Chief Executive Officer, Second City Works
Tom Yorton has been CEO of Second City Works, the b2b arm of The Second City, since 2002. Before joining The Second City family, Tom worked in advertising and marketing, at agencies like Ogilvy, Grey, and Hal Riney, before jumping to the client side, with stints as a marketing VP at Sears and 3Com, where he actually hired Second City Works on a couple occasions. Second City Works now does over 400 engagements a year, half with Fortune 1000 companies. Tom and team are focused on refining The Second City's unique capabilities—creating funny short form content, and using improv to develop vital skills in business people- to help companies communicate, collaborate and innovate better in a web first, social-everything world.
Co-Founder, Panorama Education
Xan Tanner is a co-founder of Panorama Education, a Boston-based startup that helps teachers and administrators improve their schools through data analytics. Panorama Education uses feedback surveys of students, parents, and teachers to improve teaching and school culture. In the past year, Panorama has worked with over 5,000 schools and over a million students, with clients including the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, New Haven Public Schools, and Teach for America.
Before founding Panorama, Xan worked on the coaching staff of the Yale Men's Basketball Team as the Head of Analytics. He currently is a mentor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Doctor of Education Leadership Program and was named a member of the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30 in Education. Xan received a B.A. from Yale University in Religious Studies.
Senior Research Scientist, Intel
Cindy K. Chung received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin where she held a research position before joining Intel in 2013. As a Senior Research Scientist at Intel, her role is to infuse a social psychological perspective in the development and assessment of work practice innovations. Her research is focused on the quantitative assessment of personality, psychological states, and social dynamics, particularly through text analytic techniques.
Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Roger Martin is Premier's Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management. From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants.
He has published eight books the most recent of which is Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2013). It won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 19 Harvard Business Review articles and is a regular blogger for HBR.org.
In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2005, Business Week also named him one of seven global 'Innovation Gurus.'
Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego, IDEO and Verizon.
A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.
Distinguished Professor of Workforce Analytics, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
Dr. Mark Huselid is Distinguished Professor II of HR Strategy in the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University. His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the development of balanced measurement systems to reflect the contribution of the workforce, workforce management systems, and the HR management function to strategy execution and business success.
Mark was the Editor of the Human Resource Management Journal from 2000-2004, and is a current or former member of many academic and professional boards. The recipient of numerous awards for his research, he is among the most frequently cited scholars in the organizational sciences. He is also a frequent speaker to professional and academic audiences, having delivered over 500 presentations throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. In addition, Mark has consulted on the topics of HR measurement and HR strategy with dozens of companies around the world.
Mark's first book The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy & Performance (with Brian Becker and Dave Ulrich) was published in 2001 by the Harvard Business Press (HBP). The HR Scorecard has been translated into ten languages and is an international bestseller. His second book The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital to Execute Strategy (with Brian Becker and Dick Beatty) was published by the HBP in 2005. The Workforce Scorecard has also been translated into ten languages and is also an international bestseller. His latest book The Differentiated Workforce: Transforming Talent Into Strategic Impact (with Brian Becker and Dick Beatty) was published by the HBP in March 2009.
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His real passion is behavioral economics. His work runs a wide gamut: the impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a model of coarse thinking. His latest research focuses on using machine learning and data mining techniques to better understand human behavior.
He enjoys writing, having recently co-authored Scarcity: Why Having too Little Means so Much and writes regularly for the New York Times.
He helped co-found a non-profit to apply behavioral science (ideas42), co-founded a center to promote the use of randomized control trials in development (the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab), serves on the board of the MacArthur Foundation, and has worked in government in various roles, including most recently as Assistant Director of Research at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
He is a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Award, has been designated a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum, labeled a "Top 100 Thinker" by Foreign Policy Magazine, and named to the "Smart List: 50 people who will change the world" by Wired Magazine (UK). His hobbies include basketball, board games, googling and fixing-up classic espresso machines.
Associate Professor of Management, University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
Rob Cross, PhD is a professor of commerce at University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. His research focuses on knowledge creation and sharing and specifically how relationships and informal networks in organizations can provide competitive advantage in knowledge-intensive work. In this program of research he has worked with more than 300 well-known organizations in consulting, pharmaceuticals, software, electronics and computer manufacturers, consumer products, financial services, petroleum, heavy equipment manufacturing, chemicals, and government to assess and develop strategically important networks.
Ideas emerging from this work have resulted in eight book chapters and 42 articles, some of which have won awards at the Academy of Management. In addition to top scholarly outlets, this work has been featured in such venues as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. He is also the author of two books: Driving Results Through Social Networks (Jossey Bass) and The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations (Harvard Business School Press). Rob holds a PhD from Boston University and a BS and MBA from the University of Virginia. He speaks, consultants and conducts executive education both domestically and internationally and currently lives in Charlottesville where he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Associate Professor of Organization and Strategy, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Lamar Pierce is Associate Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches Strategic Management and Ethics to Executive MBA students and serves as Director of the Masters of Science in Leadership at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Lamar studies how psychological and economic mechanisms impact both employee productivity and misconduct, and focuses on designing firm policies that can jointly address both performance dimensions. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals as well as major newspapers, radio, and television.
Lamar holds a Ph.D from University of California at Berkeley and has held faculty appointments at Carnegie Mellon and UT Austin. Lamar previously worked as an industrial engineer at Boeing and as VP of Business Services for Wellspring Worldwide. He has served as Chief Scientific Advisor for CivicScience, a market research and data science company, since its inception in 2007.
Associate Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Brad Staats is an associate professor of operations at UNC Kenan Flagler and is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at The Wharton School. His research integrates operations management and organizational behavior to clarify how and under what conditions individuals, teams, and organizations can perform at their best. His work has been published in top operations and organizational behavior journals and in practitioner-oriented outlets as well as in a variety of media outlets. He has won numerous teaching and research awards including the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award from the Production and Operations Management Society.
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Amy Wrzesniewski is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Management, Yale University. She earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in psychology. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, and has won awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research on the meaning of work has been published in a wide range of top academic journals and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Time, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, and The Economist, as well as bestselling books such as Give and Take by Adam Grant, Drive by Daniel Pink, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler. She has engaged in research projects with IBM, Google, Sun Microsystems, The United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan Hospital System, Ness Technologies, and Burt's Bees. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their tasks, interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change the meaning of the job.
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science
Zeynep is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology.
Zeynep was previously a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University and I taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. She remains affiliated with CITP. Zeynep was previously a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and she is now a faculty associate at the Berkman Center.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Angela received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Dean & Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Garrett was a member of the Wharton faculty in the Management Department from 1995 to 1997. Prior to his return to Penn, Dr. Garrett held several academic appointments. He was the founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and he later served as Dean of its Business School. Prior to returning to his native Australia, Dr. Garrett was President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean of the UCLA International Institute. Most recently he served as Dean of the Business School at UNSW Australia.
Named one of Australia's "Top 50 Most Influential People in Education 2012" and a highly cited political economist, Dr. Garrett has held continuing academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a Trustee of the Asia Foundation in San Francisco, a Member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, and he serves on the Editorial Board of Global Policy.
Dr. Garrett is a well-respected commentator on global business, economics and politics in major media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, China’s Global Times, Le Monde, The Times of India, and South China Morning Post. Additionally, he was a speaker at TEDx Sydney and has contributed to Foreign Affairs.
His academic publications include "Partisan Politics in the Global Economy," "The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy," and "The Encyclopedia of Political Science." Dr. Garrett has led C-suite executive education programs on the global economy for Columbia, Stanford, UCLA and Wharton, and in Australia he developed thought-leadership collaborations with companies, including Chevron, Dow Chemical, GE and News Corporation.
Dr. Garrett holds a BA (Honors) from the Australian National University, and an MA and PhD from Duke University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Maryellen Reilly Lamb
Deputy Vice Dean for MBA Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Maryellen has spent 10+ years in finance in both the US and Europe at notable firms including Capital Group and JP Morgan. She began her career at Wharton as the career advisor in the MBA Career Management office supporting students interested in investment banking. After 5 years as one of the highest rated student advisors, Maryellen became the Director of MBACM. Channeling her experience from the corporate world, Maryellen has served as leader in the maintenance and growth of relationships with companies and employers across industries and geographies for Wharton. As Deputy Vice Dean, Maryellen leads both MBA Career Management and Admissions and Financial Aid in identifying and providing services and support to enhance the student experience from admission to graduation and beyond.
Additionally, Maryellen is an independent trustee for Wakefield Managed Futures Strategy Fund, sits on the investment committee of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women.
George W. Taylor Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-'90, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University. Professor Cappelli has served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences and three panels of the National Goals for Education. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in management and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources. He serves on Global Agenda Council on Employment for the World Economic Forum and a number of advisory boards.
Professor Cappelli's recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. These publications include The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce, which examines the decline in lifetime employment relationships, Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, which outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a "best business book" for 2008 by Booz-Allen), and The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management (with colleagues), which describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness. His 2010 book Managing the Older Worker (with Bill Novelli) dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs (2012) identifies shortfalls with current hiring practices and training practices and has been excerpted in Time Magazine (online) and reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and most major business publications. Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review.
David Pottruck Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is a Professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Prior to joining the faculty at Wharton, she was on faculty at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Professor Rothbard's research focuses on the interplay between emotions and engagement in multiple roles. Specifically, she explores how people’s emotional responses to one role or task affect their subsequent engagement in another role or task. She has examined these questions in the context of work and family roles and in the context of multiple tasks that people perform within the work role. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. In addition to her academic articles, Professor Rothbard has authored several Harvard Business School case studies. Her teaching cases touch on the topics of leadership, corporate culture, and organizational change. Professor Rothbard received the 2000 Likert Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan. She is also the recipient of the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Award for Teaching Excellence and the Wharton Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award, 2010.
William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Useem is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is the author of The Leader's Checklist; The Leadership Moment; Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes, and co-author of The India Way, Boards That Lead, and Leadership Dispatches. He is co-anchor for a weekly program "Leadership in Action" on SiriusXM Radio Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton.
Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Bidwell is an Associate Professor in Wharton's Management Department. His research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular the causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on how firms balance internal mobility and hiring in staffing jobs and what the effects of those different strategies are. He has also studied how highly skilled contractors are used within firms, the effects of their relationships with staffing firms, and who goes into such contracting. His work has been published in academic journals, and featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. It has also been recognized with a Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management Human Resources Division and the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Association. He currently serves as a Senior Editor at Organization Science.
Matthew holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School, an S.M. in Political Science from MIT, and an M.Chem from Oxford. Prior to Wharton he taught at INSEAD and worked at McKinsey and Company.
Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Laura Huang is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Huang's research examines early-stage investment decisions, and how perceptions and cues influence an individuals' ability to make important, high-stakes decisions. She is currently studying how an investor's gut feel plays a role in entrepreneurial decision-making, in addition to business viability data.
Professor Huang holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine, an MBA from INSEAD, and both an M.S. and a B.S. in Engineering from Duke University.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Huang worked across NA, Europe, and Asia in investment banking, consulting, and general management, for corporations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also served as a consultant and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial start-ups in Europe, SE Asia, and China.
Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Alex Rees-Jones is an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on facilitating the use of psychological data and psychological models in economic applications. In one line of research, he studies how models of loss aversion can be used in economic field applications, such as understanding our response to taxation. Another line of research assesses happiness and "subjective well-being" data, with a focus on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of such data for predicting the choices one makes.
Professor Rees-Jones conducted his studies at Cornell University, where he received a Ph.D. in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics. Prior to coming to Wharton, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Wu is an assistant professor at the Wharton School. She is interested in studying how information and information technology impact the productivity of information workers, organization and broad sectors of economy. Specifically, her work follows three streams. In the first stream, she studies how social networks and information derived from social networks affect individuals' performance and long-term career trajectories. In her second stream of research, she examines the role of investment in IT and complementary organizational practices to explain how firms can achieve greater business value from IT. In her third stream, Lynn leverages fine-grained nanodata available through online digital traces to predict economic indicators such as real estate trends, labor trends and product adoption.
Lynn has published articles in economics, management and computer science. Her work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and The Economist.
Lynn received her undergraduate degrees from MIT (Finance and Computer Science), her master's degree from MIT (Computer Science) and her Ph.D. from MIT Sloan School of Management (Management Science).