Sanjay K. Dhar studies strategic marketing management, advanced marketing strategy, brand management, new product development, pricing strategy, promotion strategy, advertising strategy, product placement strategy, retail price advertising strategies, retail management best practices, consumer and retail sales promotions, trade promotions, private labels, category management, loyalty reward programs, EDLP pricing, assortment management, purchase incidence, and brand choice. His research has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 William O’Dell Award, was awarded the 2008 Paul Green Award, the John D. C. Little Award in 1995, and he was a runner-up for the Davidson Award in 2003. In 2010, Veritas Prep listed Dhar as one of 6 “Must Have” professors at Chicago Booth based on student input. In 2006, the Economic Times in India identified Dhar as one of twelve "Indians who have made a global impact on marketing research and thought." He received the 2012 Hillel Einhorn Teaching Award voted by executive MBA students in North America, the 2008 Hillel Einhorn Teaching Award voted by executive MBA students in Asia, the McKinsey Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000, awarded once every 2 years, was cited among the outstanding faculty in Business Week's Guide to Best Business Schools (McGraw-Hill, 1997, 1999, and 2001), and in 1994 he was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award by students for his outstanding teaching performance.
Dan Pallotta is a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and raise in excess of $100 million annually for important causes from pediatric leukemia to AIDS to suicide prevention and many others.
He is the author of “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. At Convening Leaders, Dan will be PCMA's closing General Session speaker on Wednesday, January 14th as he presents "Uncharitable".
Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, an agency dedicated to transforming the fundraising power of great humanitarian organizations. He is the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.
Andrew Zolli is an expert in global foresight and innovation, analyzing critical trends at the intersection of culture, technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future. He is a fellow of the National Geographic Society, curator of PopTech, and foundedZ+ Partners to help global companies and institutions see, understand and respond to complex change. Widely recognized as a writer, thinker, commentator and speaker on futures-related topics, his work and ideas have appeared in an array of media outlets, including PBS, NPR, The History Channel, The New York Times, Popular Science, Fast Company, and American Demographics, among others.
Dudley has helped raise millions of dollars as the Founder or Chair of several organizations dedicated to supporting scholarship funds, social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives. During his term as the National Chair of Canada's largest fundraiser for post-secondary students, Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis, Dudley and his team broke numerous fundraising records. Now the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc., he works with dozens of corporations, charities, non-profits, universities, colleges, and other organizations around the world to empower people to increase their leadership capacity.
As the founder and director of one of the largest leadership development programs in North America, he embraces the idea that leadership can't really be taught, only learned—an idea that has resonated with thousands of people over the years.
Erin Meyer is the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business and is a professor at INSEAD, one of the world's leading international business schools. Her work focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multi-cultural environment. Working in Africa, Europe, and the United States prompted Meyer’s study of the communication patterns and business systems of different parts of the world. Her framework allows international executives to pin-point their leadership preferences, and compare their methods to the management styles of other cultures. Meyer has taught thousands of executives from five continents to decode how cultural differences are impacting their work, and strategies for improving their international collaboration. She has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Singapore Business Times, and Forbes.Com, and was named one of the Thinkers50 top business thinkers of the year.
Ben specializes in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. He enjoys an international career as a trends and digital guru, explaining complex technological and sociological topics to lay audiences, and as a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business.
He is a Fellow at The Brookings Institute in Washington, and Innovator-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies, University of London, and a non-executive director of Digital Jersey. Previously he was the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City in East London which aims to be Europe’s centre of innovation and the location of choice for tech and digital companies and investors. He also sits on the Tech City Advisory Board.
John Austin, an award-winning researcher and engaging teacher, is fascinated by the different ways that people react to, and inspire, change. “I’ve begun to see that it isn’t about charisma, but about process and perseverance.” As a Principal in Executive Development, he explores a fundamental question: how do great leaders catalyze transformation?
John has worked with leaders across industries. His client lists include Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Merck, The US National Park Service, Nokia, HSBC, Pfizer, and The University of Pennsylvania. John’s teaching and training experience spans a broad range, from MBA students to practicing managers to top executives. He is skilled at translating strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs. He has been a faculty member at Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and The University of Washington, and teaches at The Wharton School, Georgetown University, and Duke Corporate Education. He has also helped to found two companies based on his research. Make sure to check out his Convening Leaders session PCMA Business School: Strategy Under Uncertainty
As an attorney, Dr. Bunsis has focused on legal issues pertaining to the area of pension and postretirement benefits, topics he is able to bring to the students in his courses. Dr. Bunsis has done research on the relation between accounting numbers and stock prices and presented at national accounting conferences, research workshops at several universities, and professional conferences, including the Michigan Association of CPAs. Dr. Bunsis serves on the Department's Curriculum and Personnel Committee. In addition, he is the President of the Eastern Michigan chapter of the American Association of University Professors and has served as EMU's NCAA Faculty Representative.
Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.
Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.
Today he is the Chairman of wayblazer and managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves on the boards of Boingo, Smart Destinations and Camping and Education Foundation. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and Sierra Angels.
At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Upon completing her grueling 53 hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” Over the past twenty years, Diana has earned a reputation as a riveting public speaker. She combines her talent for dramatic story-telling with a natural sense of humor and a charismatic stage presence. She never uses notes, she speaks from her heart and her audiences are both riveted and inspired.
Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowd-funding website. As a leading entrepreneur and designer, his work ranges from systems design to interaction and communications design, interface design to information architecture.
Charles co-founded Kickstarter in 2009 and shaped it into the world’s largest marketplace dedicated to funding independent creative endeavours. Since it’s inception, Kickstarter has raised over $1 billion from over 6.4 million people for over 64,000 successful projects ranging from computer games to music albums, technology, fashion, educational projects and even full length feature films.
As the Kickstarter phenomenon continues to grow and find an ever-expanding userbase, Charles has been widely recognised as one of the digital era’s most exciting innovators. In 2013 he was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business.
Charles Adler previously co-founded the online art publication Subsystence, a platform dedicated to leveraging the web to provide global exposure to the work of independent artists. He also co-founded Source-ID, where he operated as Principal Creative Director from 2004 to 2009.
Jim Austin, a former senior executive at Baxter Healthcare, and now a Principal at Decision Strategies International, Inc., he leads numerous projects including scenarios of the future for US Medical Devices; R&D priorities for a major consumer products company; a strategic plan for the American College of Radiology; scenarios of the future for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions; and a new vision/priorities at RAND Health. In addition, Jim is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton Business School, a Business Management Professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where he received the “Most Distinguished Corporate Education Faculty Member” (2009-10) and the “Learning Excellence” (2012) awards, and an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Health Systems Management, College of Health Sciences, Rush University.