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Social Robotics Expert & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

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A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property, she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Dr. Darling’s work has been featured in international media, and she has authored multiple academic publications and contributed to industry publications from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.

Former President of Trader Joe’s

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Doug Rauch, a legendary former president of Trader Joe’s, was instrumental in leading the company’s transformation from a 7/11 knockoff to what Fortune magazine called the “hottest retailer in the U.S.” In eye-opening presentations, he shares insights on building a great business based on culture, innovation, leadership, and teamwork. He shows leaders how to push for new and better ways to perform, and audiences walk away with knowledge of how to create a self-sustaining culture of innovation, build a brand in a competitive marketplace, and lead with a purpose.

Geopolitical Authority & Presidential Advisor, Harvard Professor & Administrator

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Few people have had the immense impact that Meghan O’Sullivan has had at the highest levels of geopolitics. She is a globally respected geopolitical expert who has advised the nation’s highest-ranking leaders — from President George W. Bush to Secretary of State Antony Blinken — on some of the most-complex challenges in international affairs. Currently, Dr. O’Sullivan is the Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. There, she leads 300 scholars, practitioners, and staff as they advance the boundaries of international relations, security, technology, science, energy, and the environment. The Belfer Center has consistently been ranked as the world’s top academic think tank.

U.S. Congressman of Massachusetts 2013-2021, U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland

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Congressman Joseph Kennedy III has dedicated his career to social and economic justice, fighting for the basic needs of every American family and a political system that is inclusive, representative, and fair. The U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district from 2013-2021, he ran for office to tackle the systemic inequities – from health care and housing to climate and education – that have left countless American families locked out and left behind. Kennedy’s presentations address the latest in politics and what’s next for the political landscape. Well-versed on the most pressing issues of the day, he provides an insider’s look at current events and takes a thoughtful approach on how they may impact the country’s future. With a constant focus on the most vulnerable among us, Kennedy brings a uniquely empathetic voice to our nation’s most vexing challenges.

World-Renowned Risk-Taking Opera Singer, Entrepreneur, Arts Philanthropist

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Having mesmerized audiences the world over with his unmistakable voice, Michael Fabiano has cemented his place as one of the most celebrated opera singers of his generation. Through the course of his career, Fabiano has sung in 76 cities, on 89 international stage, in 26 countries, and has had the privilege of performing on every major operatic stage in the world and collaborating with many of the most respected performers in his field. As a leading tenor, Fabiano has been praised for his intensity, emotional depth, and technical brilliance. He is a barrier-breaking talent whose career was chronicled in the Roku documentary Crescendo, and he draws from his own whirlwind journey performing at the world’s biggest venues to share powerful messages for how to be at your best when the spotlight is on you and compose your own path to success.

Influential Diplomat, Politician, and Economist; Ambassador of Colombia to the United States (2021-2022 & 2015-2017); Colombian Minister of National Defense (2011-2015)

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The honorable Juan Carlos Pinzón is widely recognized as a pivotal player in upholding the strong diplomatic ties between the United States and Colombia and furthering the relationship between the two nations. Having served two terms as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Pinzón is counted among the most influential voices in shaping the priorities of the partnership and was the linking presence between American and Colombian leaders in collaborating to address the most important political, economic, and societal challenges in both countries, and across the globe.

Security Technologist & Guru

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Bruce Schneier is one of the world's leading experts on cyber security and technology. He has published a number of books detailing information about data, security, and cryptography which have received immense praise. Schneier is often consulted by the government, radio and television programs, and various organizations when it comes to cyber security.

Chief Economist, The Conference Board

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With more questions than answers in today’s economic landscape, Dana Peterson, chief economist for the Conference Board, has established herself as a visionary, and the go to expert providing insightful analysis and predictions to corporations, associations, and government organizations looking for clarity and foresight into how economic drivers might impact their businesses in the short- and long-term. With over a decade of experience in the field, she serves as the globally recognized think tank’s public face and primary spokesperson on all things related to the economy.

Cybersecurity Luminary; Leadership and Executive Roles at Stripe, Twitter, Google, and the U.S. Department of Defense

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest thinkers and problem solvers in the world of information security, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko is a cybersecurity leader, open-source programmer, writer, and ethical hacker who has been among the most influential figures in shaping the modern field of cybersecurity as we know it. From pioneering work on offensive techniques and information security methods and tools, to his famous 1998 testimony to U.S. Congress on systemic flaws in the architecture of the Internet where he described how to “take down the entire Internet in 30 minutes,” he has left his mark on many parts of modern infosec technology. Zatko’s experiences within senior management are no less interesting and impressive. He has held leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Defense and fintech companies currently valued at $100 billion, as well as one of the most well-known social media companies in the world. In all of his roles, he has upheld his commitment to ethics and lawful disclosure. He has been described by his contemporaries as “a principled technologist with a knack for making complex concepts accessible and an earnest desire to fix problems.” His talks are designed to help any organization understand the differences between real security risks and fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

Expert on Business Strategy in Uncertain Environments, Acclaimed Thinkers50 Thought Leader, & Best-Selling Author

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Rita McGrath is a leading expert on growth strategy, the author of The End of Competitive Advantage, and one of Columbia Business School’s most popular professors. Named a top thought leader by Thinkers50, she shares insights and exercises on how to align business operations to the coming environment – capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and quickly moving on – including disruptive innovation and the social and technological forces that create opportunity. Audiences value her ability to connect cutting edge research to practical business problems.

Former National Counterintelligence Executive and Author of America the Vulnerable

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Joel Brenner is the former national counterintelligence executive and mission manager for counterintelligence at the Office of the National Counterintelligence (CI) Executive, which directs national, interagency CI for the government. He is the author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare. Brenner is a cyber security expert and provides business strategies on this complex issue. He also addresses global risk management, privacy, and data security.
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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Optimist of "Life is Good"

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Bert Jacobs is the co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of The Life is good Company. A $100 million privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes with its colorful collection of apparel and accessories. Jake, Life is good’s iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and children that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering. Bert has appeared on CNN’s Tips from the Top, CNBC’s Business Nation, and The Donny Deutch Show. Life is good has been featured in the New York Times, on the cover of Inc Magazine, and on NBC’s The Today Show.