Our world is built on science. And wherever you are – at school, at work or on your cellphone, your life is dictated by a science that few of us completely understand and even fewer of us are able to explain.
From virtual reality to extra-dimensional space, the history of the General Theory of Relativity to string theory, Professor Brian Greene brings complex ideas and concepts to audiences in exciting and compelling ways. A brilliant and entertaining communicator, Dr. Greene has been described by The Washington Post as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”
A leading physicist and professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, Dr. Greene is renowned for his bestselling books, including The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, both adapted into Emmy and Peabody Award-winning NOVA miniseries. His many media appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NPR, Charlie Rose and the PBS NewsHour.
Greene is also co-founder of The World Science Festival (WSF), a global event of live and digital science programs that celebrate intellect and curiosity. Now in its tenth year, the WSF has been hailed by the New York Times as a “new cultural institution.”
Edward Luce is Chief U.S. columnist and commentator for The Financial Times and the author of a timely new book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, “a must read for anyone trying to make sense of the waves of populism and nationalism we face today.”
Luce is one of the FT’s most popular writers and “one of the finest journalists of our time.” A U.K. native, Oxford graduate, and former speechwriter for Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, he is highly regarded by policymakers, leaders, and political junkies for his insider/outsider insights on American politics and his cross-border perspectives on geopolitics and economics.
In his speeches, Luce helps organizations understand how political and economic changes and global trends will impact their operations and decision-making.
His topics include:
- The Crisis of Western Democracy
- The Future of Work
- The Rise of Global Politics
In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce examines the weakening of western hegemony, the erosion of the middle class, and the future of liberal democracy. He is also the author of Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent and In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India. At the FT, Luce has served as Washington bureau chief, Capital Markets editor, and South Asia bureau chief.
All over the world, employers and leaders from different backgrounds and life experiences manage diverse teams and employees. So how can these leaders effectively work to overcome bias and drive creativity and value?
Economist and bestselling author Sylvia Ann Hewlett advises organizations large and small to do that by using their very own talent-pool for innovation, solutions and insights – and embracing the “power of difference” and leveraging new ideas across gender, generation, sexual orientation, race, and culture.
The founding President and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, Hewlett and her team look at changes and trends in the world and examine their effects on the workplace. Her signature style of speaking blends hard data and analysis with concrete and practical solutions.
A sought-after speaker, Hewlett is the co-director of the Women’s Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School, the founding partner of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She is the author of 14 Harvard Business Review articles and 12 critically acclaimed and award winning books, including Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success; Creating A Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, and Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women Are the Solution.
A featured blogger on HBR Blog Network, LinkedIn, and the Huffington Post, Sylvia has appeared on Charlie Rose, ABC World News Tonight, The View, and BBC World News.