December 6, 2017

2018 Global Business Summit Speakers

Read more about the experts who will speak at ReadyNation's 2018 Global Business Summit on Early Childhood

Current Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston Police Department
  • Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation (Nigeria)
  • General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired; President, The Brookings Institution
  • Rob Arning, Vice Chair, Market Development and Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG
  • Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ecolab Inc. (Fortune 250 company and the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services)
  • Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager, Children’s Services, City of Toronto (Canada)
  • Carolyn Berkowitz, President & CEO, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals
  • Dr. Richard Besser, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Gabriel Biris, Founding Partner, Biris Goran; Former Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance (Romania)
  • Joie Chen, Director - Washington Programs, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism; Award-winning reporter and former news anchor with major outlets including CBS, CNN and CNN International
  • JD Chesloff, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable
  • Steffanie Clothier, Investment Director, Gary Community Investments
  • Sasha Cohen, U.S. Champion, Figure Skating (2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, Three-time World Championship Medalist, 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and 2006 U.S. Champion)
  • Kassie Davis, Executive Director, CME Group Foundation
  • Gregory Davis, Chief Investment Officer, Vanguard [an investment firm with $4 trillion in assets and offices in 10 countries]
  • Annette Dixon, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group
  • Prof. Kenneth Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University; Co-Author, Puzzling It Out: The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects - A Consensus Statement
  • Prof. Ronald Ferguson, Director, Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University
  • Prof. R. Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Georgia Gillette, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, First Book
  • Annamarie Hassall, Director of Practice and Programmes, National Children’s Bureau (United Kingdom)
  • Isabelle Hau, Investment Partner, US Education Lead, Omidyar Network
  • Jane Hunt, CEO, The Front Project (Australia)
  • Dr. Laura Jana, M.D., pediatrician and author, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow
  • Jo Kirchner, CEO, Primrose Schools
  • Dr. Noora Laitio, Co-Founder and CEO, FinlandWay International Preschools (Finland)
  • Michael Levine, Senior Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer, Sesame Workshop
  • Carmen Lica, Founder, ReadyNation RO (Romania)
  • Jack McBride, CEO, Contec Inc.
  • Cynthia McCaffrey, Director, Office of Global Innovation, UNICEF
  • J. Scott McCain, President, JSM Capital Corporation; former President & COO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (major Canadian consumer packaged meats company); Director, McCain Foods Limited; Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation (Canada)
  • Lawrence McCormack, Manager, State Government Relations, Cummins Inc.
  • Sumitra Mishra, Executive Director, Mobile Creches (India) (social enterprise that works with real estate developers and construction firms to provide child care at work sites)
  • Scott N. Mitchell, President & CEO, Sumitomo Chemical America, Inc.
  • Carmen Niethammer, Program Manager - Women in Work, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
  • Mel Ochoa, COO, Landmark Ventures (strategic and financial advisory firm); Organizer, Social Innovation Summit
  • Baris Ornarli, Washington Representative, Turkish Industry and Business Association (Turkey)
  • Kasper Ottosson Kanstrup, Vice President, Global Head of Communities Through Play, LEGO Foundation (Denmark)
  • Mike Petters, President & CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries (Fortune 400 company and the largest American military shipbuilder)
  • Eduardo Queiroz, CEO, Maria Cecilia Suoto Vidigal Foundation (Brazil)
  • Art Rolnick, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Former Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS
  • Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences
  • Tonja Rucker, Director, Early Childhood Success, National League of Cities
  • Crystal Shannon, Principal, Community Stewardship, Co-lead Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program
  • Maia Sharpley, Partner, LearnCapital
  • Dr. Stacy L. Spencer, Senior Pastor, New Direction Christian Church
  • James Lee Sorenson, Founder & Chairman, Sorenson Media (global software company specializing in digital video and TV coding technology based in Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Jim Spurlino, CEO, Spurlino Materials
  • The Honorable Teresa Surita, Mayor of Boa Vista, Roraima (Brazil)
  • Brent Taylor, Global CEO, Barrows Group
  • Aleem Walji, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation USA [former World Bank and Google executive describes the global business case for early childhood and the Aga Khan companies’ involvement in ECD]
  • Brian Wallace, President & CEO, Coin Laundry Association; Executive Director, LaundryCares Foundation
  • The Honorable Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, New York
  • Kate Woods, Counsel, White and Williams LLP

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