Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and one of the tech industry’s broadest thinkers, shares a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates. He leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability.
Phil Buchanan is founding chief executive of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a nonprofit that conducts research and advises the largest foundations in the country. His book, Giving Done Right is a practical guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving that seeks to educate and inspire. A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another–from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you’re in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my Continue reading…
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Reshma was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She’s been named a Fortune 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, and one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World by Forbes. She is the author of three books, including Women Who Don’t Wait In Line and the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Continue reading…
Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. He is currently Chief Product Officer at Adobe, serves as a board member to several early stage companies, and is a Venture Partner at Benchmark, a leading venture capital firm based in San Francisco. He was previously the founder and CEO of Behance, a leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. He is also the creator of 99U, Behance’s think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world. Belsky is the author of Making Ideas Happen and coauthor of the 99U book series.
The executive chairman and former CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins reflects on the unique, results-oriented discipline he’s developed over decades of leadership, which provides a blueprint for any organization to achieve prosperity.
Michael Chertoff was the second Secretary of Homeland Security from 2005–2009. He previously served at a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a federal prosecutor, as Assistant U.S. Attorney General, and as United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey―one of only two U.S. Attorneys who was not replaced when the Clinton administration took office in 1993. He is the author of Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years. The most dangerous threat we―individually and as a society and country―face today is no longer military, but rather the increasingly pervasive exposure Continue reading…
Arne Duncan was one of the longest serving members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet and among the most influential Secretaries of Education in history. He has spent nearly three decades across all levels of education, from his mother’s afterschool program on Chicago’s Southside to CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. He currently sits on the board of Communities in Schools.
Ehud Barak served as Israel’s Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001. He was the leader of the Labor Party from 2007 until 2011, and Minister of Defense, first in Olmert’s and then in Netanyahu’s government from 2007 to 2013. Before entering politics, he was a key member of the Israeli military, occupying the position of Chief-of-Staff. My Country, My Life tells the unvarnished story of his―and his country’s―first seven decades; of its major successes, but also its setbacks and misjudgments. He offers candid assessments of his fellow Israeli politicians, of the American administrations with which he worked, and of himself.
In his new book, Daniel H. Pink, the bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. His new book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.
Tim Ferris is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, and Tools of Titans. His influential podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, has exceeded 200 million downloads and been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running. His latest book is Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.
Tina Brown is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. She is the former editor-in-chief of The Tatler, Vanity Fair, Talk and The New Yorker, where she was the first female editor and was honored with four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club Awards, and 10 National Magazine Awards, including a 1995 award for General Excellence, the first in the magazine’s history. Brown was awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth in 2000. Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and Continue reading…
Dan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Blending humor and behavioral economics, the New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational delves into the truly illogical world of personal finance to help people better understand why they make bad financial decisions, and gives them the knowledge they need to make better ones. In Dollars and Sense, he explains how our irrational behavior often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances.
Thom Mayne is a Pritzker Prize–winning American architect and educator, who founded the interdisciplinary architecture and urban design firm mOrphosis in 1972. He is the cofounder and executive director of the Now Institute and currently distinguished professor at UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design. The Now Institute is an urban research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design that applies strategic interdisciplinary thinking to real-world issues.
Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses ranging from established companies to early-stage startups to grow revenues, drive innovation, and emerge as truly modern organizations poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the 21st century.
Entertainment and tech insider Robert Kyncl is Chief Business Officer at YouTube, where he oversees all business functions including content, sales, marketing, platforms, access, and strategy. He was previously Vice President of Content at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company’s content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the Internet.
Nilofer Merchant has been recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading visionaries. She’s launched over 100 products that have netted $18B in sales, and has worked for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk. Her 2013 TED Talk “Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation,” is among TED’s most viewed talks. Her visionary ideas have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Fast Company, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and Time.