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A trailblazer in her own right, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera illuminates the path to becoming a hard-hitter in her industry. “Every single show has a female anchor now,” she says, “and that was not true when I started.”
When Caruso-Cabrera first broke into the world of journalism, Hispanic women were a rarity on television — particularly in the field of economics and finance reporting. Beginning her broadcasting career as a producer at Univision, she forged a unique path in an ever-changing industry. She later gravitated to a role at CNBC, at a time when the industry was dominated by men.
In her 20 years at the network, Caruso-Cabrera established herself as a savvy and pointed authority. The sweet spot of her expertise, however, resides at the intersection of economics, policy, and politics — where she can dissect major world events and translate the impact on global markets. In her plain-spoken and authoritative style, Caruso-Cabrera provides audiences with an instant and deep analysis of the interplay between global markets and world affairs, and how companies can best prepare themselves.
Professor Eric T. Bradlow is the K.P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing, Statistics, Education and Economics and Faculty Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative. An applied statistician, Professor Bradlow uses high-powered statistical models to solve problems on everything from Internet search engines to product assortment issues. Specifically, his research interests include Bayesian modeling, statistical computing, and developing new methodology for unique data structures with application to business problems.
Eric was recently named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Educational Research Association, is past chair of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Marketing, past Editor-in-Chief of Marketing Science, is a past statistical fellow of Bell Labs, and worked at DuPont Corporation’s Corporate Marketing and Business Research Division and the Educational Testing Service.
Professor Bradlow has won numerous teaching awards at Wharton, including the Anvil Award, MBA Core Curriculum teaching award, the Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching award and the Excellence in Teaching Award. His teaching interests include courses in Statistics, Marketing Research, Marketing Management and PhD Data Analysis, as well as any material related to customer analytics.
Patrick Clancy possesses more than 20 years senior level experience developing and managing Career and Workforce Development programs. As President and CEO of Philadelphia Works, the City’s Workforce Development Board, he directs all aspects of the organization, providing strategic guidance for investments in solutions and services to grow Philadelphia’s economy.
Prior to his time leading Philadelphia Works, Clancy served as Special Advisor on Employment and Training Programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, where he oversaw the implementation of an $80 million Welfare to Work program across the Commonwealth and helped to draft the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan for the US Department of Labor. He also advised the PA Secretary of Human Services on all employment and training issues regarding TANF recipients.
Clancy’s experience is rooted at Philadelphia Works, having spent nearly 15 years in various roles-including seven years as Vice President of Training Programs-with the former Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC). After his time with PWDC, Clancy led strategic planning and development of 16 Industry-Sector Partnerships across Southeastern Pennsylvania, connecting employers, unions and community colleges in order to create cost-effective training programs.
Clancy received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Management from LaSalle University. He also received a Certificate in Project Management from Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as a board member of the Wanamaker Institute of Industries, a Trustees of the Board for Community College of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Organization, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, the Society for Human Resource Management and membership on the Workforce Development Council of the U S Conference of Mayors.
Tsvi Gal is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Tsvi has over 25 years of technology and operations experience mostly in financial services global corporations.
Tsvi’s career included work as CTO and CIO in several banks including Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and Wells Fargo as well as in non-banks including general partner of a private equity firm, president of AT&T.com and CIO of Time Warner Music.
Dr. Donald Guy Generals became the sixth president of Community College of Philadelphia on July 1, 2014. As the chief executive officer, he guides Philadelphia’s only public institution of higher learning, which serves more than 35,000 credit and noncredit students from diverse social, cultural and educational backgrounds.
Dr. Generals serves on numerous boards in Philadelphia including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works, Campus Philly, the Urban Affairs Coalition, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Friends Select School. He served on numerous professional organizations, including the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group (chair); the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (Board member since 2010); the College Board, Middle States Regional Council; and the Paterson Board of Education (commissioner). Dr. Generals writes and speaks on a range of educational issues. His book, Booker T. Washington, The Architect of Progressive Education, was published in 2013.
Melanie S. Harris is the Chief Information Officer for the School District of Philadelphia. In this role, she oversees the team responsible for all aspects of technology delivery and support for schools and administrative offices. Ms. Harris believes that that her primary role and the role of her office is to improve the lives and futures of students in Philadelphia. This belief informs the actions and decisions she makes when it comes to the role of technology within the School District.
Ms. Harris has been with the School District since 1999, having served as the Director of Systems and Applications and the Executive Director of Information Systems, prior to her current position as CIO. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with teachers, administrators, and principals in order to maximize the use of technology to improve the lives of both students and employees.
In her role as Chief Information Officer, Ms. Harris seeks to create a technology infrastructure that fosters technology-rich learning environments in classrooms, and improves administrative systems for the optimal management of the School District. Technology infrastructure includes telecommunications, networks, administrative systems, hardware operations, and classroom technology tools. The integration of technology into the learning process is of critical importance and as such Ms. Harris is committed to facilitating technology into the teaching and learning environment, properly equipping schools with technical infrastructure and support staff, providing access for parents to important educational and student information, delivering appropriate training to teachers, and providing students with opportunities to become knowledgeable technology users.
Alongside the responsibility and management of the daily needs and complexities of the School District and its technology environment, Ms. Harris is also keenly focused on improving classroom instruction through the strategic inclusion of classroom technology and online tools. In support of the School District’s critical focus on Computer Science, Ms. Harris along with her Educational Technology team have worked tirelessly to update and evolve the digital literacy curriculum while strengthening the District’s focus on Computer Science in the elementary grades. This initiative has not only involved expanding the presence of hardware and software tools in the classroom, but has also provided the professional development supports necessary for teachers to effectively utilize and instruct in key technology subject areas. Collectively, these actions show a District-wide commitment that Philadelphia’s public school students gain the technical, digital citizenship, and Internet safety skills necessary to compete and innovate in a constantly changing and technology immersed global world.
Ms. Harris received her Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern University and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University.
Ravi Kandikonda is the Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Planning for Comcast’s consumer business lines. In this role, Ravi leads strategic planning, media mix optimization, customer insights and campaign execution for the $50bn annual revenue business. Previously, Ravi was the Managing Director of CRM and Analytics team at the storied marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather. While at Ogilvy, Ravi was based out of North America and Asia leading engagements for several well-known brands in Retail, Technology, CPG and Telecom verticals.
Ravi graduated from BGSU with an MS in Computer Science / Operations Research. He is an elected Fellow of The OR Society, London and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two young children.
Steven E. Kern, PhD is Deputy Director of Quantitative Sciences at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Quantitative Sciences group is focused on quantitative data analysis to support program strategies for therapeutic projects that the foundation funds. This effort extends across all therapeutic areas in which the foundation is involved including maternal & child health, family planning, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, HIV, and pandemic preparedness. He and his team are strong advocates of making research data “always FAIR and sometimes OPEN” to improve the impact data can have towards the problem it was collected to address, and beyond.
Prior to this, he was Global Head of Pharmacology Modeling at Novartis Pharma AG based in Basel Switzerland where he led a team focused on providing model based drug development support to therapeutics in many disease conditions across all stages of drug development. He joined Novartis in 2010 from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, Anesthesiology, and Bioengineering, and served as co-investigator for their NIH funded Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit. He has designed, conducted, and served as a principal investigator for clinical pharmacology studies that spanned the population from preterm infants to elderly adults.
Kevin Mahoney is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), executive vice dean for integrative services for the Perelman School of Medicine, and a co-director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, Kevin is actively involved in many community activities. He serves on the board of directors at Community Volunteers in Medicine and the Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council. He is also on the campaign cabinet at United Way and served as an elected member of the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District School Board for 10 years.
Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly, a global company advancing the future of work. Schwartz leads GA’s growth, creating sustainable talent pipelines for businesses and building transparent career pathways to the most transformational work. GA offers employer-driven, practitioner-taught training in high-demand fields like data, technology, design, and business, and the company’s global reach, massive community, and leading outcomes have created an international community of professionals nearly 1 million strong.
GA was named the No. 1 most innovative company in education by Fast Company in 2015 and was in the top 100 on Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™ rankings. Schwartz was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and one of Crain’s “40 under 40” in 2015. He earned a B.A. in American studies from Yale in 2000 and an MBA in entrepreneurial management from Wharton in 2008.
Bhushan is the joint leader of PwC’s Global People & Organization practice, where he shapes and drives the firms global network strategy across its 11000+ practitioners in 150+ countries delivering standalone and integrated solutions across people strategy, technology, process and risk & compliance.
In his US Financial Services People & Organization practice lead role, he works with Bank, Asset Manager, Insurer & Fintech executives to define and operationalize targeted People & Organization strategies which enable strategy execution, build capabilities, embed culture and behavior change, integrated client and employee experience, regulatory compliance and sustainable business value.
Recent client experiences include enterprise and functional (front office and control functions) workforce strategy & planning, building digital workforce capabilities, post-merger integration, operating model design, talent strategy, compensation process redesign, large scale transformation and regulatory driven change.
Experience gained from living and working in the US, Europe and Asia, has made Bhushan a highly sought after advisor to global leaders from developed and emerging markets. He is a leading thinker and spokesperson on topics including “future of work”, risk culture, workforce strategy, employee experience and diversity & inclusion evidenced by his external speaking events, published research, media interviews and active social media profile.
He co-authored PwC’s Workforce of Future 2030 research and is currently part of the T20 “Future of work task force” where he works with leading global think tanks, business and academic leaders to influence future public policy.
Matt Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence technologies that have cracked the genetic code of the job market.
Powered by the world’s largest and most sophisticated database of jobs and talent, Burning Glass delivers real-time data and breakthrough planning tools that inform careers, define academic programs, and shape workforces. Burning Glass has helped to fill millions of jobs and its data drive initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments.
Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and industry leaders. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.