Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Ambassador to the UN
Samantha Power is widely known as the moral voice of her generation. A relentless advocate for promoting human rights, she has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America’s “foremost thinkers on foreign policy” as well as one of Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People.’
In her new book, The Education of an Idealist, she provides a unique perspective on government, taking us from the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the Situation Room and out into the world of high-stakes diplomacy. Her writing illuminates the messy and complex worlds of politics and geopolitics while laying bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life (including what it’s like to juggle the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children).
Iris Bohnet, Behavioural Economist and Harvard Professor of Public Policy
Harvard behavioural economist, Iris Bohnet, combines insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work.
Professor Bohnet served as the Academic Dean of the Kennedy School, is the director of its research center, theWomen and Public Policy Program, co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
She is a co-chair of the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science of the World Economic Forum and serves on the boards or advisory boards of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, and Edge, as well as numerous academic journals. She is married and the mother of two children.
Facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy
In conjunction with Intelligence Squared we bring you Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai, in conversation with Adam Grant. Together, they will explore how even after the most devastating events, we can learn to find deeper meaning and appreciation in our lives and rediscover joy, discussing how we can help others in crisis, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces.
Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education
Julia Gillard is Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only global fund solely dedicated to education, working with more than 80 developing countries. She accepted the role in 2014 after a distinguished career in public service in Australia, serving as Prime Minister between 2010 and 2013.
In her earlier ministerial roles, Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia’s education policies at every level from early childhood to university education. In October 2012, she received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.
Ms Gillard is Patron of CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co.
There is a growing consensus among top executives that gender diversity is both an ethical and a business imperative. Yet progress is painfully slow. Despite modest improvements, women are underrepresented at every level of today’s corporations, especially in senior positions.
Why is gender inequality in the workplace so persistent despite growing attention from business leaders and the media—and what should we all do differently?
Drawing on research conducted in partnership with Leanin.Org, Dominic Barton will talk about what makes this such a stubborn problem and what practical steps can be taken to translate top-level commitment into a truly inclusive work environment.