Anousheh Ansari is CEO of XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. She sponsored the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE, igniting a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari previously served as CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things technology firm. She captured international headlines by embarking upon an 11-day space expedition, becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space and fourth private explorer to visit space. Ansari co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Her memoir, My Dream of Stars, aims to inspire young women around the world. @AnoushehAnsari
Leanne Caret is president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), a $26 billion unit that provides solutions for defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers worldwide. She is a second-generation Boeing employee who started working for the company in 1988. She previously served as president of the company’s Global Services & Support organization, BDS chief financial officer, and vice president and general manager of Vertical Lift cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft, among others. Fortune magazine named Caret to its "Most Powerful Women" list in 2019, 2018 and 2017, and she appeared on the 2018 Bloomberg 50 list. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University. @BoeingDefense
Pedro Conceição is director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He previously served as director, strategic policy, at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of UNDP. Conceição has published on inequality, the economics of innovation and technological change, and development in a variety of journals, and has co-edited books on financing for development and on global public goods for Oxford University Press: The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges (2006), and Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization (2003). He holds degrees in physics from Instituto Superior Técnico and in economics from the Technical University of Lisbon, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. @pedrotconceicao
Trammell S. Crow
Trammell S. Crow is the founder of EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing initiatives, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving the environment. He serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air (2008) and Texans for Clean Water. Crow is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Log Cabin Republicans, Texans for Public Lands, Energy Defense Fund, Paul Quinn College and the League of Conservation Voters. His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.
Jasmine Crowe is an award-winning social entrepreneur who is working to make the world a better place one cause at a time. Jasmine’s goal is to foster change and create awareness about the leading socioeconomic issues and challenges of today, including poverty, food waste and hunger. In 2017 after years of feeding people experiencing homelessness from her own kitchen, she launched Goodr, a sustainable waste management app that leverages technology to combat hunger. She has been featured on CNBC and in O, The Oprah Magazine, Inc., Forbes, Fast Company and the New York Times, and was named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 100 influential female founders. Under her direction, Goodr has redirected over 2 million pounds of surplus food from restaurants, event centers, airports and businesses to the millions of people who are food insecure. Goodr clients now include SAP, Netflix, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Georgia World Congress Center and many more. @jasminecrowe
Susan Dell is co-founder and board chair of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. As parents of four children, she and her husband, Michael, established the foundation in 1999 and dedicated its work to improving the lives of children and families living in urban poverty. Over the last 20 years, the foundation has committed $1.7 billion to nonprofits and social enterprises focused on improving the lives of children and families in the United States, India and South Africa. The Dells also have made substantial investments in health care in Austin, covering both medical education and clinical excellence, including Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Dell Seton Medical Center, and Dell Children’s Medical Center. She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2019. @SusanDell
Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin
Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin was born and raised in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. She received her B.S. in chemistry from UNICAMP in 2007 and in 2008 began a Ph.D. program in analytical chemistry at Purdue University. She developed and applied ambient ionization MS imaging to human cancer diagnosis. Eberlin has received many awards, including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. While doing postdoctoral work at Stanford, she received the L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship and a K99 pathway to independence award from the NIH/NCI, and she was listed in the Forbes "30 under 30" list in science and health care. In 2016, she joined the chemistry department at UT as an assistant professor. In 2018, she was named a Sloan Research Fellow, a Moore Inventor Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow. @livia__se
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel
Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the vice provost for global initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and co-director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, and previously served as a special advisor on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. He has published over 300 articles and has authored or edited 15 books. He is working on a book entitled Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?
Tom Freston is a principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on the media and entertainment industries. He is both a former chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Viacom Inc. One of the founding team at MTV in 1980, he became chairman and CEO of MTV Networks in 1986, overseeing MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central and other television and digital businesses. Freston is board chair of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty. He is an advisor to Vice Media, the Raine Group, a merchant bank firm, and Moby Media, which operates television networks in Afghanistan and Africa. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010, and was among ’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2005.
Mei Mei Hu
Mei Mei Hu is a co-founder of United Neuroscience and serves as the company's chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. The company's goal is to democratize brain health by pioneering a new class of medicine called endobody vaccines, which are fully synthetic and train the body to safely and efficiently treat and prevent neurological disease. Hu is also a member of the executive committee of United Biomedical, Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors, and previously served as co-CEO. She is also co-founder of an investment and advisory group with active investments in real estate, energy and life sciences. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 2019 she was featured in ’s "100 Next List" and as one of Fortune’s "40 Under 40" innovators. @UNSTechBio
Laura Huffman is Texas state director of the Nature Conservancy. An Austin native and LBJ School graduate, she is using her power to bring together people across the political spectrum around the environment and climate change. She heads a statewide team of scientists, conservation experts, and support staff who protect Texas’s vast natural resources and iconic landscapes. Huffman chairs the Nature Conservancy’s North America Cities Committee, which works with cities to integrate natural infrastructure into local planning and development. She also chairs the Texas League of Conservation Voters and serves as an ECO Advisory Board member for South by Southwest. Before joining the Nature Conservancy, Huffman served six years as assistant city manager for the City of Austin. @laurajhuffman
Jessica Johnson-Cope is president and principal of Johnson Security Bureau, Inc., a third-generation family-owned security services firm based in New York City. Under her leadership, Johnson Security has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, Inner City 100 Award and the Black Enterprise Family Business of the Year. Previously she worked in sales for companies including IBM, Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, covering territories in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, New York and the Midwest. Johnson-Cope is a small business advocate, promoting issues that are critical to minority and women entrepreneurs. She is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy, and has spoken at forums for the White House Office of Engagement, the New York Times "She Owns It" business group blog and Black Enterprise.
Dr. Clay Johnston
Dr. Clay Johnston is the inaugural dean of Dell Medical School and vice president for medical affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His vision is to create a new model for academic medicine that accelerates innovation to improve health and reduce inefficiencies in health care. That includes building a vital, inclusive health ecosystem to support new and innovative models of education, care, research and community impact – all with a focus on improving health locally as a model for accelerating change nationally. Previously, Dr. Johnston was associate vice chancellor for research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also directed the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and founded the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value to engage faculty and trainees in improving the quality of care while also lowering costs. @ClayDellMed
Danny Kim is a leader in business and education and applies his entrepreneurial skills to transform both areas. As the founder and CTO of FullArmor Corp., Kim has worked with more than 30 of the Fortune 50 including Walmart, Boeing and Bank of America. As the CEO of Quest Institute for Quality Education, Kim has innovated solutions that allow students from around the world to create science experiments that run on board the International Space Station. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University.
John B. King Jr.
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. President Obama called King "an exceptionally talented educator," citing his commitment to "preparing every child for success" and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems. King previously served as U.S. deputy secretary of education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education and innovation. He also was the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York state education commissioner. @JohnBKing.
Dina Powell McCormick
Dina Powell McCormick serves on the Management Committee at Goldman Sachs and is responsible for helping to build and enhance the firm’s relationships with sovereign clients around the world. She rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2018 as a partner in the investment banking division after serving as the U.S. deputy national security advisor for strategy from 2017 to 2018. McCormick initially joined the firm in 2007, and led the mpact Investing Business and the Environmental Markets Group, which deployed more than $5 billion in market-based loans and equity to drive sustainable economic development and revitalize under-served communities. She is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. @GoldmanSachs
Admiral William McRaven (Ret.)
William McRaven, former University of Texas System chancellor and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, joined the school as a professor in national security in 2018. As chancellor, he oversaw 14 institutions that educate 221,000 students and employ 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers and staff. As the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, McRaven led 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counterterrorism operations worldwide. He is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. McRaven oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. His book, Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice, published in several languages, is considered a fundamental text on special operations strategy.
James B. Milliken
James B. Milliken is chancellor of The University of Texas System. He oversees one of the largest public university systems with 14 health and academic institutions, including six medical schools. UT institutions enroll more than 240,000 students and employ more than 100,000 healthcare professionals, researchers, faculty, and support staff. Before joining the UT System, Milliken served in top leadership positions at major university systems in three states: The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Nebraska (NU), and the University of North Carolina (UNC). In those roles, he led efforts that advanced economic development, online education, global engagement, and student access and success. @jbmilliken
Dr. Vivienne Ming
Dr. Vivienne Ming, a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author and mother of two, is featured frequently for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz magazine and the New York Times. Socos Labs, which she co-founded with her wife, Dr. Norma Ming, is a mad science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world's most pressing problems. Previously, Ming has pursued her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. In her free time, Vivienne works to design AI systems to help treat her son’s diabetes, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. @neuraltheory
Cynthia Osborne is the associate dean for academic strategies and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the LBJ School. She is also the founder and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), a group that conducts rigorous research on policy issues related to young children, adolescents and their parents. She most recently launched the new national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at CFRP, a resource for state leaders for the evidence on policies that strengthen outcomes for infants and toddlers. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in demography and public affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Arts in education from Claremont Graduate University. Her teaching and research interests include social policy issues, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, early childhood, fatherhood and family demography. Osborne is an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years. @BlahaOsborne
Farah Pandith is an author, foreign policy strategist and former diplomat. A leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She is the author of How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat, and served as a political appointee under Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She served as the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities for Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. She has served on the National Security Council, at the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in various senior roles. She has also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, chairing its task force on countering violent extremism. She is a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. @Farah_Pandith
Raj Patel is a research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He studies the world food system and alternatives to it. He is currently working on a documentary project about the food system with award-winning director Steve James. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee and was an adviser to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to publications in journals about economics, philosophy, politics, international development, and public health, he writes for a range of newspapers and co-hosts "The Secret Ingredient" podcast. His books include Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. His latest book, co-authored with Jason W. Moore, is published by the University of California Press and entitled A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide To Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet. @_RajPatel
Martine Rothblatt is chairman & CEO of United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company she started to save the life of one of her daughters. The company offers FDA-approved medicines for pulmonary hypertension and neuroblastoma and is working on manufacturing an unlimited supply of transplantable organs. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO and launched other satellite systems for navigation and international television broadcasting. Rothblatt has led efforts of the transgender community to establish their own health law standards, and of the International Bar Association to protect autonomy rights in genetic information via an international treaty. Her recent books are on xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine), gender identity (Transgender to Transhuman) and cyberethics (Virtually Human). @skybiome
Dr. Rajiv Shah
Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a centurylong record of success applying science, technology and innovation to lift up the world’s most vulnerable. He brings over 20 years of experience in business, government and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation, and in 2009, was appointed USAID administrator by President Obama, leading the $20 billion agency’s work delivering results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations, and humanitarian crises. After leaving USAID, he founded Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure in Africa and Asia. He has served as undersecretary and chief scientist at the USDA, and in leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Financing Facility for Immunization. @rajshah
Timothy Shriver is the chairman of Special Olympics International, and serves with over 6 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 174 countries. He has led the evolution of Special Olympics from a sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement from people with intellectual disabilities using sports and more for radical inclusion. During his tenure, Special Olympics has developed proven programming for all aspects of a Special Olympics athlete’s life: leadership, health, education and family support. Shriver drove the largest expansion of Special Olympics, growing the movement from 1 million athletes to over 6 million athletes and unified partners leading the inclusion revolution around the world. @TimShriver
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Previously she served as the director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School. She has written or edited seven books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World; Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family; and A New World Order, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, The Financial Times and Project Syndicate. @SlaughterAM
Bob Smith is CEO of Blue Origin, a private space company developing vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads. He is responsible for the development of Blue Origin’s launch vehicles, engine programs and its growing business operations. Previously, Smith was the vice president of advanced technology, the chief technology officer and vice president of engineering & technology, and the president of the mechanical systems & components business at Honeywell. Smith also served as executive director of the space shuttle upgrades development program for United Space Alliance and as a guidance, navigation & control analyst and a program manager for a number of Department of Defense and national security programs at The Aerospace Corporation. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M, a Master of Science degree in engineering/applied mathematics from Brown University, a doctorate from The University of Texas in aerospace engineering and a business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. @blueorigin
Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees X, Alphabet's moonshot factory for building audaciously impactful ideas that can be brought to reality through science and technology. Before joining Google / Alphabet, he was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc., an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. Teller was the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company, and co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Previously, Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems and The Carnegie Group Incorporated. He holds a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in symbolic and heuristic computation from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology, and is also a novelist and screenwriter. @astroteller
Sherrie Westin is president of social impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She leads the Workshop’s efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives. Westin spearheaded a partnership to bring education and care to refugee children in the Syrian response region—the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, She also championed the development of Julia, the first autistic Sesame Street Muppet, and oversaw the launch of Sesame Street in Communities, a comprehensive initiative to give children the tools to overcome traumatic experiences. @SherrieWestin