Leading in a Recovering (and Even Rebounding) Economy :: Speakers

D. Scott Davis Scott Davis serves as chairman and CEO of UPS, the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services. Under his direction, UPS is expanding its capabilities into new lines of business that complement the company's global package delivery operations. These expanded capabilities include multi-modal transportation services, new logistics technologies, international trade management, supply-chain consulting, and financial services. Prior to his current position, Mr. Davis served as vice chairman and chief financial officer at UPS. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Portland State University, and completed an Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School. Mr. Davis is chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and also serves on the board of Honeywell International, Inc.

John Hagel John Hagel III is an internationally known thought leader who has been at the forefront of the technological revolution as a management consultant, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. In his nearly 30 years of experience, he has helped companies throughout the world improve performance by reshaping business strategies. Mr. Hagel currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge, whose mission is to identify and explore emerging opportunities related to big shifts that aren’t yet on the senior management agenda but ought to be. Previously, he was a leader of the Strategy Practice at McKinsey & Co., founded and led McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice, served as senior vice president of strategic planning at Atari, Inc., and founded two Silicon Valley start-up companies. Mr. Hagel is the author of a series of bestselling business books, including Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box, The Only Sustainable Edge, and, his most recent, The Power of Pull (April 2010, with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison). He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and professional service firms.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian Mary Ellen Iskenderian is president and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks, which provides hands-on technical services and strategic support to 40 top-performing microfinance institutions and banks in 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Prior to joining WWB, she worked for 17 years in senior management at the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank. Ms. Iskenderian is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Kashf Microfinance Bank in Pakistan. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. 

Robert Kelly Robert (Bob) Kelly is chairman and CEO of BNY Mellon, a global financial services company operating in 34 countries and serving institutions and individuals in more than 100 markets worldwide. Mr. Kelly served as chairman, president, and CEO of Mellon Financial Corporation from February 2006 until its merger with The Bank of New York Company, Inc. He was named a top 10 bank CEO in 2006 and 2007 by U.S. Banker magazine, and one of America's best CEOs for 2009 by Institutional Investor magazine. Prior to joining Mellon, he spent five years as chief financial officer of Wachovia Corporation, and 19 years with Toronto-Dominion Bank, where he served as a vice chairman. He is a chartered accountant with an MBA from Cass Business School, City University in London. Mr. Kelly is chairman of the Financial Services Forum and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, a member of the Partnership for New York City and of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Roundtable, and a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University.

Steven Pearlstein Steven Pearlstein is a columnist for The Washington Post and host of the online forum and video series, On Leadership. Mr. Pearlstein's columns on business and the economy appear twice a week. In 2008 Mr. Pearlstein received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his insightful columns [at The Washington Post] that explore the nation's complex economic ills with masterful clarity. In the 1980s, Mr. Pearlstein founded and edited the Boston Observer, a monthly political magazine, and he was also a senior editor at Inc. In addition to his years as a print journalist, he has worked as a television news reporter at Boston's public television station and, during the late 1970s, he served as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator John A. Durkin and U.S. Representative Michael J. Harrington.

Susan Peters Susan Peters is vice president, executive development, and chief learning officer for General Electric. She is responsible for talent identification, leadership development, training, performance management, and succession planning for all GE executives worldwide. Ms. Peters joined GE in 1979 in the Human Resource Management Program and has subsequently held union relations and HR leadership roles in several GE businesses. She was appointed a company officer in 1997, and assumed responsibility for Crotonville (GE's Management Development Institute) and for all leadership training in 2007. Ms. Peters is a founding member of the GE Women's Network and serves on the national Board of Directors of Girl Scouts USA. She graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame with a BA in English literature and from the University of Virginia with a Master of Education.

Jeff Schwartz Jeff Schwartz is the Global leader for Deloitte Consulting's Organization and Change service line, which includes more than 1,500 consultants around the world and focuses on organization, talent, leadership, change management and learning and development services. As a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's Human Capital practice he serves as the co-leader of Human Capital's global talent initiative and the U.S. leader for all client talent services and solutions. Mr. Schwartz began his career as an investment banker in New York and was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and one of the first associate directors of the Peace Corps in Russia. He has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, an MBA from Yale University, and a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, and frequent speaker on faith and public life.He is President and CEO of Sojourners and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, whose combined print and electronic media have a readership of more than 250,000 people. His columns appear in major newspapers and blogs, and he regularly appears as a television and radio commentator.  He is the author of God’s Politics, and his latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street. He is a husband, father of two young boys, and a Little League baseball coach.

Benjamin ZanderBenjamin Zander has conducted The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since 1979, and has also been the conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic for nearly 40 years. He has an international reputation as a guest conductor and, with London’s famed Philharmonic Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies for the Telarc label, a collaboration that has garnered numerous awards. Their recording of Bruckner’s 5th Symphony was nominated for a 2010 Grammy and has received acclaim both for the performance and for Mr. Zander’s now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. Mr. Zander is also a riveting and much sought-after speaker on leadership. He gave the opening address on Leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has been profiled extensively in the media. He was the 2002 recipient of the United Nations “Caring Citizen of the Humanities Award” and, with his partner Rosamund Zander, he collaborated on The Art of Possibility, a best-selling book that has been translated into 16 languages.

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